Community Thanksgiving, Nov. 22, noon at Knights of Columbus Hall, 201 E. Harvey

A local tradition, the annual Thanksgiving dinner put on by the Wellington food bank will be happening this Thursday afternoon.

Susan Musson, Director of the food bank and organizer of the dinner, said she is expecting 150 people at this year's event.

As in years past, the dinner will be held at the Knights of Columbus Hall, located at 201 E. Harvey St. Service will begin promptly at noon and run until 2 pm. Volunteers will be making a menu of turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, and gravy.

Musson stressed that the dinner is nondenominational and open to everyone in the community, including families.

"Anyone can come. If they don't want to eat by themselves, just come down and enjoy the fellowship," said Musson.

A small monetary donation is requested from those attending the dinner, though only from those who can afford it. The money collected is kept in a fund and put towards purchasing the food for the next years Thanksgiving dinner.

According to Musson, the food bank has been putting on a Thanksgiving dinner for the last 20 years. Her mother, Shirley Musson, was one of the original organizers for the event."She just sort of drew us in and got us into it."

Musson herself has been heading up the dinner for the last 12 years. She said she has seen the dinner grow and change in several ways during that time, with the most obvious change being more families coming to the event.

The dinner's message is about togetherness and no one will be turned away. "Don't sit by yourself, come eat with us," said Musson.