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FRAMINGHAM – The 32nd Curtis Family Thanksgiving will look much different than the previous 31 events.

This year, for the first time, there is no sit down dinner at Eagles Hall, due to the coronavirus pandemic. There also was no annual prep party on Wednesday night either.

But even though the pandemic has forced changes, the Curtis Family event will still supply meals to about 1,200 individuals – mostly seniors – in Framingham & Natick on Thanksgiving, November 26.

“Normally, we deliver about 30 meals to Natick,” said Diane Lynch, who heads up the annual event. “This year, we are delivering 248 meals.”

“The need is still there,” said Karen Curtis, who started the annual event with her husband Mark.

Tonight, November 25, there was a small group of volunteers who sliced sweet potato and apple pies and packaged home-made brownies for dessert for those 1,200 meals.

Thursday, more than 100 volunteer drivers will deliver the meals, many to seniors at the Framingham Housing Authority, but also throughout the City of Framingham.

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“I miss the kids,” said Curtis about the annual prep party on Wednesday night. “I miss seeing all the faces.”

This year, the United Way of Tri-County allowed the Curtis Family Thanksgiving to organize, prep, and package meals at its site on Park Street.

Lynch and the Curtis Family wanted to thanks everyone who donated items, purchased a raffle ticket, or volunteered to drive on Thanksgiving to deliver meals.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.