Thousands turn out for the annual Inter-Faith Thanksgiving feast

Published: Nov. 25, 2016 at 12:23 AM EST|Updated: Nov. 25, 2016 at 4:07 PM EST
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - It was all smiles and great food on Thursday at the Carolina Coliseum as more than 1,000 people joined together for the annual Inter-Faith Thanksgiving Dinner.

First Baptist Church of Columbia, along with St. Peter's Church, served up a helping of love Thursday. The purpose of the dinner was to give those without a family a chance to bond with others in the community on Thanksgiving.

Since 1990, Robert Keeder, the co-coordinator for the dinner, has skipped Thanksgiving with his family to help put on the dinner for the community.

"This means so much to me and I love to see my family but this is really important to me and I just couldn't imagine not being here," Keeder said.

He's just one of the many people to coordinate the annual Inter-Faith Thanksgiving dinner.

"It's typical what most people have in their homes, the green beans, the stuffing, the rice, the gravy, and of course turkey," Keeder said.

Nearly 1,500 people were fed this Thanksgiving.

"I think it's real nice, everybody come together and cherish everything, have fun and enjoy themselves like a big family," James Davis said.

The crowd also enjoyed live music, art and Patches the clown.

Volunteers also delivered some of the food to nursing homes around the city.

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