Thanksgiving is a time when families get together over a traditional spread of turkey, dressing and all the fixings. 

Unfortunately, not everyone has a family to share the holiday with. However, Bethel Baptist Church makes Thanksgiving more than just a family affair.

In its 30th year, the church will host a free community Thanksgiving dinner from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, Thursday Nov. 28, at the church, 209 Tennessee St. 

Initially, we started because people were having financial difficulties, and we just wanted to make sure none of us would go without a Thanksgiving meal,” said Mary Brown, Thanksgiving Dinner committee member. “Now, people want to donate. (The dinner) is for anyone that’s going to be alone on Thanksgiving or not able to cook or just wants to spend time with other people.”

All are invited to enjoy the free meal, which includes turkey, homemade dressing, gravy, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, salad, rolls and homemade pie. 

Last year the church sent 380 people home with full bellies and smiles. This year, they are gearing up to feed possibly 425 people.

Read more in this weekend's Graham Leader.