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Communities host Thanksgiving meals that bring people together

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SALINE COUNTY -- With several churches and businesses opening their doors to the community to make sure everyone had a good Thanksgiving dinner, News 3's Andrew Feather swung by a couple to grab a bite and make some new friends, because that's what Thanksgiving is all about.

One of Andrew's new friends is Allen Ellison who he met during a meal at the Eldorado First Baptist Church.

"It's just really nice to get out of the house and not be alone and be with the community," Ellison said.

Allen had a Thanksgiving dinner with family last night, before they left town, and like many people, he just wanted company during the holiday.

Andrew was lucky enough to learn about his love of gardening, and their shared love of the Green Bay Packers. 

But dinners like those, wouldn't happen without the selfless people who spend their Thanksgiving, working to put smiles on other people's faces.

"There are lots of needs, and not necessarily financial needs all the time," said Carleen Sanderson. "Sometimes people just don't have family close, they don't have a enough family to cook a huge meal."

Sanderson helped organize a thanksgiving dinner at Stonefort General Baptist Church, to give people there, a place to gather together for a good meal.

"It gives us a chance to let the community know that we care about them as a church and I'm just thankful we're able to share time with them," Sanderson said.

And welcoming people like Carleen, who wanted to share her Thanksgiving with friends old and new, are the reason Andrew, and so many others, ended today with a new friend.

Something to be thankful for.

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