Free meals offered in the area


November 25 — Many businesses and volunteers donate to those in need during the holiday season.

For Thanksgiving, Waha Bar and Grill owner Cory James is serving meals at no cost to those who show up from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the restaurant, located at 40787 Waha Road.

“Everyone is broke and a lot of people don’t have families,” he said. “We wanted to be a little light in a little dark and crazy world right now.”

James said he cooks turkeys in a variety of styles, including frying, smoking, roasting and barbecuing. The bar and grill will also feature football matches on TV.

This is the third year that he has offered a free lunch and last year James said about 100 people showed up. He also plans to have a free lunch for Christmas.

The Rogers family donated four turkeys and the rest are provided by James.

The Red Door Kitchen at First Christian Church in Clarkston will feature a Thanksgiving meal consisting of turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, yams, stuffing and gravy.

The meal will be served from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the church at 840 10th St. and is free to all.

The Salvation Army in Lewiston offers take-out meals for Thanksgiving from 11 a.m. to noon today. Mike Johnson of The Salvation Army said the organization had enough volunteers for the event.

For the Christmas holidays, registrations are open to families to participate in Christmas Connection Toys for Tots and Angel Tree.

Registration for Christmas Connection is open 9 am to 12:30 pm Monday through Friday through December 10 at St. Vincent De Paul store 604 Second St., Clarkston. Families wishing to register must do so in person and provide identification (driver’s license, state ID or social security card) for all family members at home and bring an proof of residence such as a utility or telephone bill. It is open to residents of Anatone, Asotin, Clarkston, Lewiston, Lapwai, Culdesac, Genesee, Colton and Uniontown. COVID-19 requirements during registration include social distancing and masks are mandatory.

Sharon Berry of St. Vincent De Paul said donations can be dropped off at Clarkston and Lewiston stores. The group is seeking donations of new toys for infants up to 15 years of age and monetary donations.

Those who want to adopt a family can contact Berry or Betty Riebe at (509) 758-7061.

Donations can be mailed to Christmas Connection, St. Vincent De Paul, 604 Second St., Clarkston. Those wishing to drop off donations at Lewiston and Clarkston stores can mark donations for Christmas Connection and drop them off at donation points or leave monetary donations at cashiers.

Donations are taken year round and if items are donated too late for that year, they will be used for next year, Berry said.

Distribution will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on December 18 at the Nez Perce County Fair Building, 1229 Burrell Ave. Volunteers and those who pick up the items though social distancing and masks will be required. Only those who have registered should attend and those who receive donations should be registered.

Registration is also open for Angel Tree through The Salvation Army.

The group provides toy support for families with infants to 12 years old. To register, call (208) 746-9653 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday until December 3.

Those who register must provide one piece of photo ID for all adults in the household and a health card, birth certificate or school check for each child.

Brewster can be contacted at [email protected] or (208) 848-2297.

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