Butte Central students, staff prepare Thanksgiving meals for elderly


BUTTE, Mont. - Some Butte residents enjoyed a Thanksgiving meal a week early. Thanks to Butte Central High School students and staff, the elderly and homebound were offered a free holiday dinner at the school Tuesday.

Organizers say the dinner has been going on for over 40 years and is funded through parent and student donations.

Turkey, stuffing and all the traditional Thanksgiving food were on the menu.

Event coordinator Peggy Boyle said it is an important event for Butte. The most recent census data shows over 16 percent of Butte's population is 65 years or older.

It also gives students, like Zach Perkins, the chance to put their gravy making skills to the test.

"I think it's very good for anybody who's in need. That's one of the big things here at Central -- faith and action, helping those out who aren't as fortunate as us," Perkins said.

Boyle said they feed about 600 people -- 200 at the school and 400 through home deliveries.

The free dinner started at 5 p.m. in the Butte Central gymnasium Tuesday.