Peekskill church hosts Thanksgiving for less fortunate

A special Thanksgiving dinner hosted by the Peekskill United Methodist Church was held yesterday, and more than 100 people showed up for food and fellowship.

The 29th annual dinner, hosted by the Peekskill Pastor's Association, provided people with a traditional Thanksgiving meal, and the diners were also welcome to warm blankets and additional food to bring home. Barry Pritchep, who co-chaired the dinner, said there's a certain atmosphere they try to create at the dinner.

"They're coming to your home for dinner, and you sit down at the table and you talk and you get to know them and you make them feel that they're part of your family," said Pritchep. Other volunteers said they help out at the dinner because Thanksgiving is a time for friends and loved ones to come together.

"We're not really strangers, we're neighbors, and sometimes we need to eat and sit and be in a warm space together," said volunteer Madi Perry.

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