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Food, fellowship part of Thanksgiving tradition for local churches

Food, fellowship part of Thanksgiving tradition for churches

Local churches made sure no one went hungry this Thanksgiving.

New Bethany Ministries in Bethlehem hosted its 26th annual Thanksgiving dinner at its 4th Street location Thursday.

Volunteers served up turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and plenty of other goodies.

The annual dinner, organizers said, is about more than just food; it's about spending time together.

"A lot of the people that come here have no place else to go, and this becomes their family, and it's a chance to enjoy each other's company and remind each other of all the wonderful things that we all have," said Diane Elliott, executive director, New Bethany Ministries.

About 100 people were served at Thursday's event, organizers said.

About 60 volunteers came together to serve a turkey dinner to more than 300 guests at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Allentown.

They also handed out blankets that were donated by members of the community.

The church has been putting on the dinner every year for more than three decades.

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