Thanksgiving came early to the Parker Community/Senior Center as the center held its annual Thanksgiving Dinner Wednesday, Nov. 17. The place was filled almost to capacity, with more than 280 dinners being served. Center Director Lee Ann Anderson said that included meals for their homebound clients and 56 meals “to go.”

The menu consisted of turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, bean casserole, and cranberry sauce, with pumpkin pie for dessert. Much of the cooking was supervised by Parker Mayor Karen Bonds.

Anderson said a total of 54 volunteers assisted with the dinner, besides the center staff. They included members of the Parker Town Council, the members of Youth 4 Youth from PAACE, the S Club from Parker High School, and people from the La Paz County Sheriff’s Office and the Parker Police Department.

Anderson thanked the Parker Regional Chamber of Commerce & Tourism and Soroptimist International of Parker for their assistance. She also thanked Mayor Bonds, Lily Perez of the S Club, and Pastor Rubin Magadaleno of Calvary Baptist, who blessed the dinner.

“I want to thank all the individuals who came in to help,” Anderson said. “We had just wonderful volunteers. There were too many to name them all.”

Anderson expressed gratitude to all those who volunteered who had also volunteered in the past.

“I appreciated the help and support of all those who did this before over the years,” she said.

The center is always looking for volunteers, Anderson said. She said they currently have two cook positions. The center is located at Laguna Avenue and 12th Street in Parker. The phone number is 928-669-9514.

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