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Lanesboro church offers free Thanksgiving meal

LANESBORO, Minn. (KTTC)- Thanksgiving is a day when we pause to give thanks for all of the blessings in our lives, and for some folks in Lanesboro, the blessing of a free meal was enjoyed for a tenth straight year.

It is the traditions that make Thanksgiving so special to many across the country, and one woman in Lanesboro keeps making this day special simply because it makes her feel good.

The smell of turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes and pie. The staples of any traditional Thanksgiving meal. At the Lanesboro United Methodist Church, that traditional meal is offered for free.

"It was my way of giving back to the community," explains Deb Danielson, the organizer of the meal. "When I had problems, they helped me through and now I've been able to give back."

With the meal existing for 10 straight years, people in town are starting to make the church an annual Thanksgiving day visit.

"Yeah, it keeps growing every year. I have regulars that keep calling and they say 'You better have it!'"

The church rooms were full of happiness, joy and peace as they all had something to be thankful for.

"I've been well blessed for my health, for family," says Danielson. "I've got a roof over my head, I can pay my bills."

"I'm thankful for my family," says young Annie Gilbertson, enjoying a meal with her entire family.

They know that it is not the only day they need to be thankful.

"Some of the things that have happened, and yet these things happen time after time after time, all day, every day, every week, every month," explains John Goutcher. "And yet, we get to the point where we always say 'Just one day?' No, let's be thankful for everything."

It is a day for family, friends and fellowship, but for two hours in Lanesboro, Thursday was about the joys of enjoying a meal.

The meal was free, but any free will donation was accepted and donated right back to the Preston Food Shelf.

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