Crowds of local families gather at the Oscoda United Methodist Church to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal with one another. The two hour mid-day dinner brought in around 300 locals.

OSCODA – Locals gathered at the Oscoda United Methodist Church (UMC) on Saturday, Nov. 23, to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner.

Every year the Oscoda UMC hosts a Thanksgiving dinner on the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving. According to Event Organizer Jeff Senn, volunteers begin cooking turkeys at the beginning of the week and arrive at the church at 7 a.m. on the day of to prepare the remaining fixings.

In the course of two hours, Senn said that over 300 servings are dished out and over 220 pounds of turkey are cooked for the occasion.

Crowds of local families gathered in front of the church and the line inside wrapped around all the tables into a giant circle. Volunteers served guests turkey, potatoes, green bean casserole, rolls, cranberry sauce, stuffing, drinks and a variety of desserts from pumpkin pie to chocolate brownies.

Smiles were splashed across each and everyone’s face serving as a reminder of how a warm meal and community can make anyone feel. According to Senn, everything served at the dinner is donated and provided by community members. The UMC accepts donations and donations went to support Oscoda FISH this year.