Karns City Communities That Care Serves Community Thanksgiving Dinner


Volunteers prepare food for take-out at Karns City High School.

The Karns City Communities That Care organization held its seventh annual community Thanksgiving dinner on Wednesday, November 17th at the Karns City High School. The group offered this free dinner to anyone in the community. They served over 500 meals to the community in a matter of two and half hours.

Kayla Smith, executive director of the organization, said “this is one of the many ways that we support the community.” “We offered both take out and dine in options this year to provide flexibility and convenience to our community. It’s just really great to see the community come together for these events,” Smith said.

Karns City Communities That Care (CTC) was created in 2016, it is a model that aims to reduce substance abuse, improve positive youth outcomes, and make the close-knit group of towns in the Karns City Area School District a better place to live and work. They work closely with the Karns City School District and community partners to reduce risk factors for youth in the area. Some of the projects they coordinate through our schools and community are the backpack food program, evidence-based programs for students to reduce problem behaviors, increase self-esteem, decision making and problem solving, and to improve communication skills. They also have a youth group, “The Inspiring Gremlins” at Karns City High School who promote positivity through our schools, holds community activities to promote healthy behaviors, and seeks to reduce problem youth behaviors such as bullying.

For more information on the organization or to learn how you can support their mission please visit their website: www.karnscityctc.com and Facebook pages for KCCTC and KC Inspiring Gremlins.

Left over meals were donated to the Mechling Shakley Veterans Center.


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