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A Thanksgiving meal shows that our area cares

It’s a wonderful time of the year to count our blessings.

And in our area, blessings come in many forms throughout our communities. One of those is the many area locations that offer free, hot, traditional Thanksgiving meals to anyone wanting one, regardless of need.

These dinners serve not only to help those who might be less fortunate, but also just to share some time with neighbors and maybe make some new friends.

Many are taking on a different look this year because of the regulations and restrictions that have been put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

And, while social distancing and the need to limit large gatherings are transforming the holidays, the spirit will shine through brightly.

At the Salvation Army in Steubenville, a free, to-go Thanksgiving dinner will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the 332 N. Fourth St. location, and there will be home delivery available for shut-ins. It has replaced the traditional dine-in event that, in past years, has seen as many as 900 meals served on Thanksgiving, and it is a blessing that so many people are served a hot dinner.

Urban Mission Ministries will not be able to hold its annual sit-down dinner that has become a Wednesday-before-Thanksgiving tradition. It will, however, serve up a Thanksgiving-inspired meal today at the downtown location.

The Bay Six Project in Mingo Junction, meanwhile, which focuses on doing basic, practical service projects that can have a great impact on the lives of those in the community, will host a Thanksgiving Day dinner Thursday.

It is wonderful to know that there are those in the community who care deeply about everyone who is around them, especially as our region, like much of the world, fights through the coronavirus pandemic.

We thank everyone who is involved in putting these dinners together, including those who donate time that could be spent with family and friends. Their work does not go unnoticed and is just one more aspect of what makes our area so great.

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