Dozens of people spent a portion of Thanksgiving Day with friends and family at Sign of the Dove Church in Radcliff during the 24th annual Terry G. Dill Sr. Thanksgiving Day Dinner.
As numerous people ate turkey, ham, green beans and other Thanksgiving foods, music played in the background.
Sign of the Dove Pastor Edward Palmer said the meal typically draws 100 to 150 people – attracting all kinds of people including business owners and elected officials.
“Folks who will come and eat just because they don’t want to be alone,” he said.
Palmer said it’s easy to give people food, but eating dinner with them is different.
“I think a lot of folks are lonely during the holiday season. Depression sets in. Suicide rates spike. All because people are alone,” he said. “For me, taking this time out to actually have dinner with folks to sit down and touching and talking to them is probably the most significant and most important piece to me.”
The dinner is named after its initial organizer, Dill, who was a former employee of the Elizabethtown Police Department and a U.S. Army veteran. He died in 2013.
One person who came to the dinner was Charles Brunson, who was thankful for the free meal.
“I’m grateful to be here,” he said. “God led me here. I want God to bless everyone here. I can’t cook, but somebody can.”