Baked goods, pies and cakes and cookies, are the last minute items still needed for the city’s ninth annual Hometown Thanksgiving celebration in Maumelle.

Tina Timmons, director of the event, said several people have volunteered in the past week, making the total 25-30 volunteers plenty for serving the traditional Thanksgiving luncheon tomorrow.

However, baked items can always be used, Timmons said.

With 250 to 300 people expected for the annual event, Timmons said a variety of baked pies and cakes can always be used to help feed the crowd. Donations can be dropped off at the Jess Odom Community Center after 3 p.m. Wednesday and befoe 11 a.m. Thursday.

Serving starts at 11 a.m. Thursday and runs through 1:30 p.m. This year the event will be held in the gymnasium on the lower floor.

Timmons said the public is always invited to the event, which serves as a fundraiser to help needy families during the holidays, and is designed to encourage community involvement and camaraderie.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for children 10 years old and younger.

Traditionally, several Maumelle elected officials have served as wait staff for the event and she said residents can count on their elected officials to serve them again this year.

City offices will be closed for the holiday but many of those who must work holidays, like firefighters and police officers, attend the event in shifts.