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Local church handing out free potatoes for Thanksgiving weekend

'It’s just nice to have a happy thing thing happen around town (with) no strings attached,' said Orillia Presbyterian Church member
The Orillia Presbytarian Church hopes to spread Thanksgiving cheer this weekend by giving away 300 10-pound bags of potatoes to the community.

A local church is looking to help out the community by shortening the Thanksgiving shopping list this weekend. 

Members of the Orillia Presbyterian Church will be handing out 300 bags of potatoes, totalling 3,000 pounds, on a first-come, first-served basis Saturday morning. 

Anyone looking to get a bag of potatoes can head to the church at the corner of Peter Street and Neywash Street between 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

However, supplies are likely to go fast, warns church elder Barry Anderson. 

“There’s people that are in town that really have a need, so if they do, please come by early,” Anderson told OrilliaMatters.

The church potato giveaway originally started 18 years ago with apples, and Anderson said the church has continued with the yearly handout as a simple way of doing something nice for the community. 

“We just think that it's important outreach to the community and sometimes it's just nice to have a happy thing happen around town —no strings attached,” Anderson said. 

The potatoes were harvested in Norfolk County earlier this week. 

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