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Posted in Articles on Monday, October 30, 2017

Mike and Leona Adams Thanksgiving Dinner set for Nov. 20.

The annual Mike and Leona Adams Thanksgiving Dinner will offer a hot meal and companionship to anyone in need on Monday, Nov. 20, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the United Auto Workers Local 838 Union Hall in Waterloo, Iowa. Metropolitan Transit Authority will provide free transportation to the event from Waterloo, Cedar Falls and Evansdale for anyone who registers for a ride by Friday, Nov. 10.

The event, one of the Cedar Valley’s largest free Thanksgiving meals, is named for its late founders. In 1982, Mike and Leona Adams saw friends and neighbors struggling to make ends meet after layoffs. Mike was a member of the UAW Local 838 and a board member for what is now Veridian Credit Union. He and his wife Leona brought both organizations together to serve a free community meal, a tradition now entering its 36th year.

“The Cedar Valley was fortunate to benefit from Mike and Leona’s service-oriented leadership,” said Veridian president and CEO Monte Berg. “We’re honored to follow their example and continue their legacy.”

Veridian employees and retirees of the UAW Local 838 are planning to provide more than 900 traditional Thanksgiving meals. Along with members of the Adams family, they will serve turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, corn, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie. The event has also expanded to offer other free services, including blood pressure checks from Cedar Valley Hospice and haircuts from Clip Art Corner.

Local contributors to the event include A&P Food Equipment, Anderson Erickson Dairy, Cedar Valley Hospice, Clip Art Corner, Critchett’s Lowrey Organ Center, Martin Bros. Distributing Co., Inc., Metropolitan Transit Authority of Black Hawk County, Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging, Special Occasions Party and Event Rental, retirees of the UAW Local 838,  University Avenue Hy-Vee and the Women’s Auxiliary of UAW Local 838.

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