Picture the perfect Thanksgiving.
Now take away the food, the family and friends, and the laughter. What’s left is the harsh reality faced by those who are less fortunate: a lonely holiday without the grand feast most Americans take for granted. Two Dutchess County residents — WHVH-AM radio host John Flowers, and Daniel Hickey of Rhinebeck — organize an annual Thanksgiving dinner for those who would otherwise go without. Hickey (whose late wife, former Dutchess County Assemblywoman Eileen Hickey, is the dinner’s namesake) says the feast honors the holiday’s meaning: “I think there’s a lot of gratitude and goodwill between the people who take time out of their holiday to serve, and those who come to have dinner.” Dutchess Outreach’s Lunchbox soup kitchen in Poughkeepsie hosts the dinner on turkey day from 12-4 p.m. Here’s a look at last year’s edition of this long-running charity event: