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Amvets in Ogdensburg, Massena, serving up fellowship Tuesday

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Wallace E. Rock Amvets Post 19 will be abuzz with activity today as members prepare to welcome the Ogdensburg community Tuesday for a free Christmas dinner.

“We just hope people come down and enjoy themselves,” kitchen manager Timothy D. Parisian said.

Mr. Parisian said the club will feed between 300 to 500 people, including deliveries and takeouts. He and a staff of volunteers will roast 25 to 30 turkeys and serve all the trimmings for free to anyone who wants a holiday meal.

Takeouts and deliveries are offered, but he said people are encouraged to gather at the post to share the meal and some holiday goodwill.

“There is transportation available for anyone who needs a ride,” Mr. Parisian said. “They can just call the club and be picked up and then dropped back off.”

Volunteer drivers, servers, dining room help and people to help prepare takeouts are still needed. He said volunteers can either call the club at 393-6140 or show up the day of the dinner.

He said those attending the meal should also call the post.

Volunteers will begin delivering meals at 11 a.m. Dinner is served at the post from noon to 2 p.m.

In Massena, Gerald R. Roy Amvets Post 4 will also once again open its doors and invite the community in that afternoon for a full-fledged turkey dinner with all the trimmings. “It’s just what we do. It’s something to give back to the community. If they want to come, they’re welcome,” Commander Francis “Bud” Byington said. Tuesday’s meal, which runs from 1 to 4 p.m., includes turkey breast, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, cranberries, squash, dinner rolls and pumpkin pie - all for free and open to anyone. They’ll be ready to feed an army, with 26 turkey breasts and 150 pounds of potatoes.

“It’s surprising some of the people who come. It’s people from all walks. I’ve seen people in there that own a business, but they feel rather than cook they’d rather have somebody else cook it,” Mr. Byington said.

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