The vision of a community Thanksgiving dinner blossomed

The vision of a community Thanksgiving dinner blossomed

The vision of a community Thanksgiving dinner blossomed

Our Community Place in Harrisonburg served Thanksgiving lunch to more than 100 people on Thursday afternoon.

Almost 200 seniors and their families sat down for a Thanksgiving meal thanks to Audrey Calder, recreation coordinator for the senior center, and dozens of volunteers from different organizations in the Vacaville community. Keeping with tradition, Kennedy's is whipping up a Thanksgiving meal complete with turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, green bean casserole, cranberries, dinner rolls, and pie.

St. Joseph alternates offering a holiday meal every year between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Elder, Kevin Russell, says he's been volunteering for this event since he was a little boy, and he wouldn't do thanksgiving any other way.

Serving 1,330 meals is demanding, but volunteers at the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner at First Presbyterian Church have the necessary experience and teamwork.

"If we can work together like this for one day, imagine what we could do for the community", Ackerman said.

"It's one of my favorite things to do each and every year", said Eckert. A free will donation will be gratefully accepted, and all proceeds will go to either a non-profit organization and/or funds for a medical benefit to help a member of the community.

"The biggest part is coming down here, sitting down, visiting with people you didn't see last year, or you haven't seen since last year", Johnson said.

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Thanksgiving dinners were served to those less fortunate, or people who may not have a place to go.

Fumiko Leach said she never misses the Thanksgiving Dinner at the senior center.

The event is in its seventh year and has grown each year.

"It's about being with friends", said Michelle Vee as she sat with a group of family and friends.

"We're together, and we're not sleeping in a auto no more", she said.

"I'm just happy to be here and to be blessed to still be able to do this", he said. This year, volunteers made 167 deliveries to families in the city and served more than 50 in-house.

Thanksgiving is a time to be with loved ones and enjoy good food, but since that is not an option for everyone, members of the Jonesboro community came together to make sure as many people as possible were fed.

"A family invited our family to help eight years ago and when you've been without food you know what that means", Concordia Lutheran Youth Minister Chris Henze said.

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