Thanksgiving Meals

Published by The Bee News

November 22, 2021

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For the past twelve years strong, the local hospice resident community have had the opportunity to receive a home cooked Thanksgiving Meal prepared by volunteers headed by
Maria Pynakker and Sara Miranda. This tradition started with two cooked turkeys and all the fixings, which fed 20 hospice residents in 2008.

“This is a program that I am extremely proud of as it serves the most vulnerable in our community, and the support we receive from the individuals who volunteer for this program is
overwhelming” says Maria Pynakker. Over the years this small program has grown to become a staple for our community. All home health, hospice, adult protective services, and in-home care service agencies are able to ask for meals and participate in the program at NO COST for their residents.

This year the volunteers are amped up and ready to provide approximately 500 home cooked meals. This program goes further than bridge to bridge. Hospice residents from Bullhead City, Laughlin, Needles, Golden Valley, Kingman, and into Lake Havasu benefit from these dedicated volunteers. Volunteers donate their time and homes to cook and prepare turkeys and sides for the big packaging day.

Volunteers gather on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and box up all meals to send out to the different communities. Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, green beans, a slice of pumpkin pie, homemade cookies, cranberry, and a bottle of water (provided by WARMC) are packaged together to feed the hospice community. All meal packaging and preparation takes place at the Bullhead Area Chamber of Commerce.

“Building better business is a mission of the Chamber of Commerce and one we take quite serious. However, helping to develop a quality community with the matching quality of life is a personal goal of mine” says Bo Hellams – Executive Director. This event is sponsored by Billet Health Services, Maria Pynakker and daughter Sara Miranda. Vaughn’s Mission is the main financial provider and volunteers are comprised of the Kiwanis Club of the Colorado River, BLET, and Living Water Hospice.

In addition to the meals, this group of compromised seniors will also receive handmade cards from the Boys and Girls Club of Kingman and Young Scholars Academy. We thank all of the volunteers that participate each year and we are so excited to see the meal prepping take place during the big packaging day.

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  1. Amazingly generous and kind “hearts” who help so many, every day, in our community. This is just one of the wonderful things they do.

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