LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Community members gathered today to celebrate Thanksgiving with a free meal.
Lafayette Urban Ministry hosted its 32nd annual Thanksgiving dinner at Central Presbyterian Church in downtown Lafayette. People of all ages, races, and religions gathered to celebrate.
Guests got to have all their Thanksgiving food favorites, including turkey, mashed potatoes, and lots of pie.
The event began with a muslim prayer and was followed by more singing and entertainment.
Pastor Lucia Oerter says it was an honor to be able to welcome all the guests to Central Presbyterian.
"The community gets to come and eat for nothing, there is donations throughout the community that we depend on, lots of people step up and volunteer," she said. "We are just blessed with a big enough facility to welcome all these people."
The event was renamed this year to the Greater Lafayette Interfaith Community Thanksgiving Celebration. The purpose of the change was to make the event more inclusive to all people.
"We wanted to make sure that all members of our community knew that they were invited to come and celebrate Thanksgiving with us," said Kathy Parker, main organizer of the event.
She said it was also important that they had people from various socio-economic backgrounds fell welcome too. They hope to have many more years of success with the event.