By Mark C. Robinson
Wrangell Sentinel 

Former resident returns to help, and finds home at Thanksgiving dinner

 

November 29, 2023

Courtesy Tammi Meissner

Donna McKay fills her plate with food selected from offerings lined up on the stage at the Thanksgiving Day dinner at the community center.

The community effort to bring in food and games, set up tables and chairs for a Thanksgiving meal at the community center was intended to help residents come together just days after the landslide tragedy. But it also provided solace for officials who came to Wrangell to help with recovery efforts.

For Rhonda Butler, emergency operations specialist for the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, it was a homecoming. Butler, who is based in Juneau, grew up in Wrangell with her family. She had learned to play basketball in the old gym, beginning in the first grade.

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