2017-11-10 / Community

Thanksgiving dinner canceled

The abrupt closure of South Portland V.F.W. Post 832 in late September has forced cancellation of the annual Thanksgiving dinner staged there by South Portland Community Volunteers. Debbi Hubbard, who founded the annual event 23 years ago out of concern elderly residents of the city might not bother to prepare a full holiday meal for themselves, said Nov. 6 she only found out about the loss of the venue when a customer at Evergreen Credit Union, where she works, told her the V.F.W. hall was “auctioning everything off.”

“It was always very heartwarming because we’d get the same people every year, and the same group of volunteers, too, and it was often the only time they’d see each other all year long, but we always made everything homemade from scratch, nothing boxed, and you could really feel the love and respect for these neighbors in need,” Hubbard said. “Last year, we served over 250 people, and now I’m so worried these people are going to go there (to the former V.F.W. hall) only no there is nothing there.”

Hubbard said she was unable to find a suitable banquet facility in South Portland on short notice, and only learned of the upgraded American Legion Hall kitchen after she had already begun notifying her cadre of volunters that the event would not go off this year.

Instead, Hubbard says those in need of a Thanksgiving meal should attend Scarborough’s second annual dinner, to be held 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day at Wentworth School. For more information on that event, call 730-4100.

— Wm. Duke Harrington

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