SPARTA, NJ- It’s that time of year.  As the calendar turns to November thoughts turn to the holidays.  Local friends, families, businesses, restaurants and farmers have been preparing and delivering Thanksgiving meals to local families in need for years.  Many volunteers and donations come from Sparta and about half come from towns throughout the county.

Over the years, that has added up to 1000s of meals to grateful recipients, according to organizer Mitch Morrison. 

They are preparing for this year's holiday and welcome assistance-- both volunteers and donations. Members of the community are invited to bring prepared Thanksgiving meal donations to the United Methodist Church on Sparta Avenue at 1 p.m. on November 24. 

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In addition to whole meals, they need donations of any part of the meal, prepared appetizer, main courses or prepared desserts.

Volunteers are also needed to help put together about 1000 single serve meals to be delivered to people in need in our area.  The meals will be able to be heated up in a toaster or microwave oven.

Morrison asks that volunteers and donors email him at by November 10 to let him know how they plan to help.