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Hot food, frigid temps as Weber sheriff, fire crews dish up Thanksgiving dinners

By Deborah Wilber - | Nov 26, 2021

Deborah Wilber, Standard-Examiner

Members of the Weber Fire District plate Thanksgiving meals for those in need at the UTA Park and Ride in Ogden on Wednesday, Nov. 24. 2021.

OGDEN — Temperatures dipped down into the low 40s Wednesday evening as the Weber County Sheriff’s Office and Weber Fire District stood outside at the UTA Park and Ride located at 2150 S. 1200 West, ready to serve all in need of a hot Thanksgiving meal.

That said, while the food and donated goods were plentiful, the crowd was not. The event was supposed to run from 3-6 p.m., but due to frigid temperatures and absence of people, they decided to pack up early.

Individual containers were made with all of the remaining food, and deputies and volunteers drove around the city handing them out.

Sasha Clark, with the Dicio Group public relations firm, helped organize the event and sent notifications on various social media platforms. She was nervous they were going to run out of food because she had so many people respond.

“This was very successful, and we got rid of everything,” Clark said.

Deborah Wilber, Standard-Examiner

Members of the Weber Fire District plate Thanksgiving meals for those in need at the UTA Park and Ride in Ogden on Wednesday, Nov. 24. 2021.

Capt. Ben Nielson, Battalion Chief Casey Naef and firefighter Shawn Green were among those with the WFD waiting to serve 250 members of the community.

Nearly 30 minutes went by before a man rode up on his bicycle. The man, named Keith, a Navy veteran, was born and raised in Ogden. As he sat eating his turkey dinner, he shared stories of his travels and his thoughts on government with West Haven Mayor Sharon Bolos.

Organizers chose the Park and Ride across from Woodspring Suites just off Interstate 15 at the 21st Street exit for its central location, they said.

In light of Thanksgiving dinner being canceled at the Marshal White Center, Lt. Courtney Ryan and others with the Weber County Sheriff’s Office started planning an event to take its place.

Food for approximately 250 meals was purchased by the Weber County Sheriff’s Association and the Weber County Deputy Sheriff’s Association.

Turkey, potatoes, stuffing, corn and gravy were prepared by Summit Foods at the Kiesel work-release facility in downtown Ogden.

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