Typically, Thanksgiving dinners are looked upon as family affairs.
But New Song Community Church in Lady Lake treated everyone like family Thursday by opening their doors and inviting everyone in.
Greg Laufersky and some young helpers held signs out on U.S. 27/441 inviting passersby to join them.
“Free Thanksgiving Dinner,” the signs read.
Inside, Pastor Tom Ash, wearing an apron, made sure everyone had enough to eat.
The menu was traditional with turkey and dressing, sweet potatoes, rolls, green beans, and of course, pumpkin pie to top it all off.
“It’s all very good,” said 93-year-old Helen Blair. “I couldn’t have made all this myself, so I am very happy to come here and be with so many other people.”
Martha Rose came from Spring Hill to be part of the fun. And she brought her violin and played for the diners.
She even played “A Victory in Jesus,” for Pastor Ash.
“It’s his favorite,” she said with a smile.
Members of the church also packed up turkey dinners in Styrofoam containers and took them to service stations and other workplaces for those working employees working the holiday shift.