Polly's Thanksgiving Dinner

Volunteers man the serving line last year to fill orders for Thanksgiving dinners delivered to those needing a hot meal. The annual Polly's Thanksgiving Dinner is held at the Maysville Rotary's clubhouse.

It is time for the annual Polly Hesler Community Thanksgiving Dinner.

For the 34th year, the dinner will be served, free of charge, to the community on Thanksgiving Day at the Maysville Rotary Clubhouse.

Volunteers will begin to peel potatoes and bake turkeys at 4 a.m., before beginning to serve the dinner at 10:30 a.m., according to Cindy Trumbo. The meal will also include dressing, cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes.

The dinner began in 1983 at a yellow brick church on Clark Street, according to Trumbo.

"The pastor and the church wanted to feed the neighborhood and asked to use Polly's Restaurant, because they couldn't fit everyone in the church," Trumbo said. "The following year, the minister said the church couldn't do it again. Several people asked Polly if she would do it. Eventually, people started bringing in donations to make it happen and stores would give turkeys. Every year, she would make sure this dinner was put on."

The continuation of the dinner after Hesler's death is a tribute to the late Maysville restaurant owner who began by feeding people a holiday meal at her restaurant. Critical to the dinner is the involvement of Hesler's family, who help not only prepare the meal but also deliver dinners to those who are unable to make it to the Rotary Clubhouse.

Dinners will be served until 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

"Over 650 people were served last year," Trumbo said. "We want to serve as many in the community as we can."

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Anyone interested in volunteering or sending prepared desserts or food items, can contact Cindy Trumbo at 937-217-0121.

To request meals sent to homes on Thanksgiving Day, call 606-584-6994 or 606-584-0355. The Hesler family asks that the numbers for meal delivery only be called on Thanksgiving Day to help prevent losing addresses.

If you are interested in making a donation, mail it to: Maysville Rotary Club, P.O. Box 322, Maysville, Ky. 41056

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