Hundreds of people from all walks of life gathered at Trinity Lutheran Church in Moorhead this afternoon to share in a community Thanksgiving dinner.
For 19 years, the church has partnered with St. Joseph's Catholic Church to serve the dinner and serve the community.
"This is a way that we love our neighbor and we are offering food, we're offering communion and fellowship around a table and I think that it gives people who have no place to go a sense of worth," says Pastor Laura Stancher. "It is a community event, so it is for everybody and anybody that wants to attend," she says.
For the past few days, the churches have worked together to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving meal with food both bought by the church and donated by the community.
"We've cooked about 750 pounds of turkey, about 400 pounds of potatoes, we have about 120 pies," says Stancher
It's an effort to serve more than 1,000 meals at the church, by home delivery and even if you need a ride there.
"I would say that we're well over 200 people that volunteered their time and their day to be with family to be here and help serve the community," she says.
Those volunteering their time include the young, old and families serving together.
"I'm volunteering by bringing bread to people's tables," says 8-year-old Ella Taggart.
She's serving with her family to learn the importance of service.
"My hope is that they start to see these kinds of community gatherings and ways to help out and it becomes very natural for them their whole life," says her mother Amy Taggart.
But Ella already knows what she's thankful for.
"I'm thankful for me being here and being able to serve," she says.
"Whether you're old, whether you're young, whether you've had a bad year or a good year, everybody sits together at a table," says Stancher
Finding that what they have in common are too many blessings to count.
Since the two churches share this event, next year's Thanksgiving dinner will take place at St. Joseph's Catholic Church.