While piano music played in the background, 350 people were served a free traditional Thanksgiving dinner Saturday during the Neosho Crosslines Annual Community Holiday Dinner, held at the Lampo Building.
One couple – Charles and Lydia Hall – said they enjoyed their evening.
“We are here to celebrate our Thanksgiving,” said Charles. “We have been here ever since they started having these dinners. The food is good, real good.”
Area churches partnered with Crosslines to provide the meal. Dick Keezer provided piano entertainment. Countless volunteers helped either serve the food or help the people take their food to their tables.
Even though the meal started at 5:30 p.m., organizers said people were ready to get into the building around 4 p.m.
“It was an awesome event,” noted Renee Gillett, executive director of Crosslines. “Everyone enjoyed it.”
Hazel Blankenship also enjoyed the meal and complemented Crosslines for doing this.
“If they didn’t have this, I would probably be home tonight,” she said. “I enjoy coming out and being with other people that I know. The food is good. I like the music, it is really good.”
“Thank God that they got people like this that will do it,” he said. “Some of these people don’t have places to go, some of them don’t have family at all.”