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A feast for all at Imlay Eagles hall

Volunteers to host free Thanksgiving Day dinner from 2-7 p.m. on Thursday

November 26, 2008
IMLAY CITY — Alone or in need this Thanksgiving Day?

Not any more. Whatever the problem or difficulty, there's no need to go it alone thanks to Dorothy Siegler and the good folks at the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

The Eagles and friends are hosting a free community Thanksgiving dinner at the hall on Almont Avenue from 2-5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

Putting on the big feast is the realization of a 20 year dream for Siegler, who says things just fell into place this year.

"I've always wanted to do something like this and just haven't had the opportunity or the place to hold it," Siegler says. "When I found out that the churches weren't having a dinner this year I begged the Eagles to give me the place."

Imlay City Eagles member Dorothy Siegler plans to heat up the hall kitchen on Thanksgiving Day with free meal for area residents. photo by Catherine Minolli.

An eight-year member herself, Siegler says she didn't have to beg too hard.

"I've had tremendous help," she says. "People have come through with money to help buy the food. I have many people to thank—there are a lot of guardian angels out there."

Whether it's funds for the food or sweets for dessert, Eagles club members are pitching in to make it a memorable feast.

Siegler plans to put out traditional fare that includes turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, corn, cranberry sauce, rolls, bread, pies, cakes, coffee, iced tea and water.

Though she doesn't consider herself to be an exceptional cook, Siegler knows her way around a busy kitchen. She and her husband Mike operate Serenity Acres adult foster care home, where they're currently caring for six mentally challenged residents.

"That certainly fills our home up," Siegler grins. "I like to cook and I'm used to cooking for a lot of people."

She says most of her residents will be away for Thanksgiving Day, so she's looking forward to celebrating the holiday with members of the community—especially those who need a hand.

"I like helping people, that's why I do what I do now," Siegler says. "It gives me purpose."

Having such purpose on this Thanksgiving Day is something Siegler's grateful for—and it's something she looks forward to sharing.

"I feel it's needed right now," she says. "This year of all years people need help."

Along with the Thanksgiving Day feast, Eagles members have collected some winter coats to hand out to anyone who may need one. Coat donations will also be accepted during the Thanksgiving Day dinner.

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