LAFAYETTE, Ind, (WLFI) — People going to the annual Community Thanksgiving Celebration have a lot to be thankful for. More than 80 turkeys are being prepared to be served at Thursday's meal. This Lafayette tradition has been hosted by Lafayette Urban Ministry for 31 years.
The celebration is happening at Central Presbyterian Church. It is located in downtown Lafayette at the corner of Seventh and Columbia streets. The address is 31 N. Seventh Street. The event will be open to the public from noon until 2 p.m.
Up to 900 turkey dinners are expected to be served to the Greater Lafayette community. All the fixins are also being prepared to go with the dozens of turkeys.
LUM Executive Director Joe Micon said Thursday's Thanksgiving is not just for people who need food.
"It's of course for those who wouldn't have a meal otherwise, but it's also for those who wouldn't have community or family otherwise," said Micon. "There may be somebody there who is homeless. There may be somebody there who's a professor from Purdue who doesn't have family in town."
People are working hard to make this Thanksgiving feast one to remember. It's all made possible with help from passionate volunteers and many donations.
"Whether you're rich or poor, whether you're visiting the community or whether you live here, we're just all there together to give thanks for all that God has given us and in Greater Lafayette, God has given an awful lot," Micon said.
Even though the Thanksgiving meal is scheduled for Thursday, LUM still needs help from the community.
The event costs around $9,000 to run. LUM was able to collect a little under that amount. They will be collecting donations to help cover some of the costs until the end of this week.