The free Thanksgiving dinner at the Boonsboro Bible Church has been a community tradition for almost a decade.
It’s a place where those away from their families or anyone in the community can come for home-cooked food and fellowship.
By 3 p.m. Thursday, more than 70 residents visited the church on the Old National Pike for this year’s dinner — a choice of deep-fried or smoked turkey, stuffing, glazed carrots mashed potatoes, green beans casserole, sweet potato casserole and an assortment of desserts.
Church member Chris Noyes, who along with his wife Crista Noyes, helped prepare the dinner along with about 20 volunteers.
“Some belong to the church, some belong to the community,” Chris Noyes said.
Kimberly Forsythe, a church member, said she had been at the church since 9 a.m. Thursday and helped in the cooking and the cleaning.
“They [people at the dinner] are thankful they have somewhere to go,” Forsythe said.
Some community members have been attending the dinner for years but there’s also new faces every year, she said.
Karissa Forsythe, Kimberly’s 8-year-old daughter who also helped Thursday, said she enjoyed setting up the silverware for the diners.
Crista Noyes said that her team prepared enough food to serve 100 people.
“People who don’t have family nearby, they come by. So do families who want to dine with other families,” she said.
Glenn Bowman, a Boonsboro resident and church member, who brought his family to the dinner, said he liked the event because he supports the church and the community.
“I believe in the church,” said Bowman, adding that he liked talking and sharing stories with other residents who attended the dinner.
This year, he especially liked the deep-fried turkey on the menu. Bowman said it was “fabulous.”