Each year, more than 100 people volunteer to cook, serve, clean, decorate and entertain for the meal. The Youth Garden Project and the Grand Center contribute their facilities for cooking and serving. BEACON After School Program provides the decorations and numerous businesses donate the desserts and beverages. Executive Chef Ken Moody will create the main meal, which will include turkey, stuffing and all the trimmings.
This is the ninth year WabiSabi is offering the Thanksgiving meal through the group’s Winter Meals program. WabiSabi also offers a community Christmas Day meal and six Sunday brunches in January and February.
“There are tons of people in this town that have no family to spend the holidays with,” saidHolly Dins-more, WabiSabi’s warehouse manager and founding organizer of the Winter Meals. “We don’t want people to be alone during the holidays. Also, this is the off-season. People are getting laid off, and money is a real issue.”
And Dinsmore says the Thanksgiving dinner is more about creating a sense of community than just helping people through lean economic times. A broad cross-section of the community attends each year.
“The free meal is appreciated,” she said, “but the bonds of community are essential.”
WabiSabi is unable to accept food donations from individuals. Everything served must be prepared in a commercial kitchen. Gift cards to local grocers and general financial contributions to the event are appreciated and may be dropped off or mailed to WabiSabi, 1030 Bowling Alley Ln No. 9, Moab, UT 84532.
“It’s a wonderful thing to see tons of volunteers step up each year,” Dinsmore said.
To learn more about Wabi-Sabi visit www.wabisabimoab.org.