Anza Community Hall hosts Thanksgiving dinner

Cindy Watson volunteers in the kitchen to serve guests at the Thanksgiving dinner hosted by the Anza Community Hall Sunday, Dec. 1. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo

Foul weather, snow and icy roads delayed the annual Thanksgiving meal hosted by the Anza Community Hall and traditionally served Thanksgiving Day. The event was postponed until Sunday, Dec. 1.

As Terry Crutchfield took the lead in organizing volunteers, the Community Hall filled with the scent of home cooking and beaming, smiling faces.

The meal was prepared, served and cleaned up by members of Anza’s Friends Uniting Neighbors Group, Living Hope Church, the Anza Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and many other organizations.

Anza Valley Gas donated funds to help cover expenses, while the Western Eagle Foundation contributed much of the food.

“Each year a number of groups band together to put on a free Thanksgiving Day meal inside the Anza Community Hall,” Bill Donahue said. “We depend on contributions from Western Eagle Foundation and local businesses like Anza Gas. Some local residents like Gary Worobec can’t be here to share in the meal but choose to donate money to help pay expenses. Donations and volunteers from Living Hope Christian Fellowship, our local Latter-day Saints Church, the F.U.N. Group, plus members from other local churches and organizations combine with the financial donations from individual community members to make these meals possible.”

The feast featured turkey, ham, green bean casserole, salad, rolls, mashed potatoes and stuffing with gravy and all the trimmings and desserts.

Served from 1-3 p.m., the dinner brought people from all walks of life to share the welcome opportunity for socializing and meeting new friends.

Colorful cards were spread on every table, with pencils and pens included so attendees could write down the things they were thankful for. Not a single card was left blank as everyone got into the holiday spirit.

“Dinner at the Hall was turkalicious! Bacon-wrapped turkey. ‘Nuf said,” Steve Gardner said. “There was a huge turnout despite rescheduling due to weather. Every morsel was gratefully consumed and enjoyed by friends and family. It was a great day filled with love and it gave us even more to be thankful for.”

The volunteers worked through the morning hours to ensure guests could enjoy the meal and a friendly, warm experience. The Community Hall was equipped with a Christmas tree, presents and candles on the mantle and decorations on all the tables. From preparing the turkeys, cooking the hams and casseroles to carving and serving, the volunteers made it happen.

“Thanksgiving dinner at the Community Hall was organized by the F.U.N. Group. Chef Tony and Stephanie made from scratch a home-cooked meal for all that attended. Many other volunteers pitched in to make it a meal to remember,” Jeff Miller said.

Living Hope Church puts on a monthly free, home cooked meal for anyone that wishes to attend. Anza’s F.U.N. Group hosts a weekly food giveaway. Both events are held at the Community Hall.

For more information about upcoming events at the Community Hall, visit them on Facebook at

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