NORMAN â€” Saying this year's Community Thanksgiving Dinner in Norman will be bigger and better than ever is neither an exaggeration nor cliche.
The event is moving from Food and Shelter, where it typically serves up to 400 people, to the Norman High School commons, where at least 750 diners are expected, said Bill George Jr., Food and Shelter Inc.'s social services assistant.
The dinner is from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday.
Renee O'Leary, of United Way of Norman, said about 150 volunteers have signed on to work and â€œwe now are having to turn others away at this point.â€
However, Mission Norman still needs help to assemble and distribute 450 Thanksgiving baskets throughout the community.
Pies and other desserts, rolls and salad dressing are needed to complement the donated 50 turkeys and food items for side dishes. Food and Shelter, 104 W Comanche St., will continue to collect those items today and Wednesday.
Anyone who wants to make a donation for Thanksgiving baskets can do so today at Mission Norman, 2525 E Lindsey St.
Both George and O'Leary said the move to Norman High School is a way to meet increasing demand and to emulate the Community Christmas Dinner with its emphasis on making everyone in the Norman area feel welcome.