We've all hit a rough patch; we've all needed a hand up. What I love about the Southern Tier is how quickly that hand is outstretched.

Big meals are central to the holidays, and there are a few wonderful community Thanksgiving dinners you can attend or even volunteer for.

My Uncle is alone in Florida and he spends Thanksgiving volunteering at a local food pantry for their annual dinner. He feels good and those that eat the spread do as well. Win-win!

One of these dinners is the Oxford and McDonough Communities Free Thanksgiving dinner. It is Thursday from noon to 1 pm. Volunteers are needed to assist in serving and in the kitchen. For info contact Audrey at 843-6249.

In Binghamton, the annual Thanksgiving Day Community Dinner at Binghamton High School is in it's 19th year. Students, staff and volunteers have put together a wonderful event that serves thousands. There is a shuttle service for those with no transportation. It serves from 11:30 am to 2 pm. For info click on the official dinner site. 

The Salvation Army, 127 Washington Street in Binghamton holds an early Thanksgiving dinner, tonight at 5 pm.

In Endicott, the Central United Methodist Church, 17 Nanticoke Avenue, at 1 pm Thursday. Reservations appreciated. Call 754-6060 to make them.

And in Whitney Point, the dinner is served at noon on Thursday. It will be at the First United Methodist Church, 731 Collins Street. There is delivery for Whitney Point residents only. Call 692-3638.