Mt. Zion opens doors each night for Thanksgiving dinner

There's room at the table for you

Organizers will be serving staple Thanksgiving fixings at the dinner. She said it's always an honor to help on a holiday like this.

The Salvation Army also is hosting its annual free Thanksgiving dinner at 5 p.m. Thursday at 518 N. Independence, in its Red Shield Diner.

"We want to know who our neighbors are", Malone said.

Santa Clarita residents of all ages, many of whom are participants in various activities at the Community Center and SCV Senior Center throughout the week, served and sat beside one another, sharing smiles over turkey and mashed potatoes.

Thursday will mark the 29th year organizers put together this event for the community. "It's a place they can go for fellowship and to socialize". Some were also busy in the kitchen from putting pumpkin pies in the oven to cutting up the turkeys. It started with about 75 people and has grown to serve between 150 to 300 people.

There's room at the table for you

Nowak said those who attend the dinner include tourists and locals, elderly people and young people who find themselves away from home for the first time.

Three kinds of service are provided: eat-in, pick-up and delivery. The Salisbury simply wanted to fill it, she said.

"We are a welcoming, loving and caring community", Green said.

"If somebody needs something in this town, it is provided", Williams continued. "That's what God gives us to do", Marvin Collins says. "It is this town's community spirit all wrapped into one event". "If guests can not secure a ticket, they should call the church office for a reservation".

The members plan to make the dinner a continuing annual tradition for their community, gathering friends and family to connect and become each other's safety nets.

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