FARMINGTON — With the season of giving around the corner, helping hands are in high demand — especially at the table.

San Juan County has a variety of events, including several turkey dinners, available to the community this year, though the events are made all the better with a little assistance.

"We need as many volunteers as we can get," said Anthony Lee, cultural and traditional instructor coordinator for The Healing Circle Drop-In Center in Shiprock.

The Healing Circle is just one of the many organizations around the county that has organized a Thanksgiving meal.

The Healing Circle provides support groups and educational tools that help preserve the Navajo culture.

The Healing Circle's meal is free. It will be at the center, located behind the Wells Fargo Bank in Shiprock, from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Friday.

"We encourage everybody to go," said Lee.

The Salvation Army also will host a free meal from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 22, Thanksgiving Day.

"We could really use help with serving, clean up and set up," said Alex Summers, church assistant for the Salvation Army in Farmington.

"We appreciate whatever help we can get," Summers said.

The Bonnie Dallas Senior Center, which is offering a Thanksgiving meal from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Friday, is all set in the recruitment of volunteers, though it is accepting donations.


Seniors 60 and older are asked to pay a $3 donation, and those younger are asked to pay a $6 donation.

"That's going to be our big event," said Charlene Trujillo, administrative assistant for the Bonnie Dallas Senior Center.

Trujillo said it would be the last of the center's large activities for the year, though other organizations still are going to need help with holidays in December.

The Healing Circle also could use volunteers to help plan Christmas activities, which still are in the works. To reach The Healing Circle, call 866-354-3376.

The Salvation Army also will need help with other holiday activities, such as bell ringing and a toy drive in December.

The bell ringing will begin Friday and go through Dec. 23. The organization can adjust volunteers' hours so as not to keep anyone out in the cold for too long, Summers said.

The toy drive begins Nov. 20. Volunteers will be asked to sort, organize and match children with toys before Christmas.

"If they come, we'll direct them to wherever they feel comfortable," said Summers.

To help the Salvation Army in Farmington, contact Maj. Cindy Anderson or Maj. Brian Anderson at 505-325-5117.

The Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce and ECHO Food Bank also are helping to feed families around the community, and the more donations, the better.

"We're going to need food for Christmas too," said Bernadette Smith, director of the Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce.

The Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce can be reached at 505-632-0880, and ECHO Food Bank can be reached at 505-325-8222.