About more than food

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va.-(WTAP) Yes, there's turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and, of course pumpkin pie.

But the Thanksgiving dinners served in Parkersburg this and every year are about more than food.

They're also about togetherness.

"Not everybody who comes and eats is hungry," says Maj. Matt Riley, of the Parkersburg Salvation Army. "A lot of folks come because they're alone, something tragic has happened on Thanksgiving, and they don't want to be alone."

"We have so many blessings, and this is an opportunity for us to give back to the community and receive from the community," according to Rev. Janice Hill, of the First Christian Church. "We're all together and we love being together."

The Parkersburg Salvation Army dinner is a long-standing tradition and serves hundreds. The dinner at the First Christian Church has been around for more than a decade, serving about 200.

But they share a common goal: to give people who are alone a place to go, and not feel left out.

"There are people I see once a year. I've been here eight years and I see them every year," Rev. Hill explains. "And I ask them, 'there's other places to go, why do you come here?' And they say, 'This feels like home.' And that's what we want. This is home, this is family."