Aiken’s community Thanksgiving dinner canceled due to COVID

Aiken's One Table will not be held this year.
Aiken's One Table will not be held this year.(WRDW)
Published: Oct. 28, 2021 at 11:46 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 28, 2021 at 11:55 AM EDT
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AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) - For a second year in a row, Aiken’s One Table will not host its community Thanksgiving dinner due to concerns about COVID-19.

For years, the event has welcomed thousands of guests to enjoy a free Thanksgiving meal while sitting side by side on a long table that stretches through downtown Aiken’s Alley.

Dozens of volunteers, including Aiken Department of Public Safety officers, work behind the scenes to cook free meals.

One Table’s 2020 event was canceled as the pandemic set in throughout the country.

Kathryn Wade, the event’s coordinator, said the One Table committee’s decision to cancel this year’s event was made with safety in mind.

“We have to start planning in the early summer each year. This summer we were dealing with a lot of COVID cases and hospitalizations so with cold and flu season coming, we would be dealing with by Thanksgiving. It is a hard decision for us, as our committee loves serving Aiken in this manner. But to be on the safe side this is the choice we felt we needed to make at the time,” Wade said.

It’s the committee’s “sincerest hope” that One Table will be able to return next year.

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