Court Street United Methodist Church hosts large Thanksgiving celebration

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- United Methodist Church on Court Street hosted one of the largest Thanksgiving celebrations in Rockford.

With more than 600 people attending and over one hundred volunteers it was a very busy day at Court Street United Methodist Church to celebrate Thanksgiving and enjoying a good meal. It's been a 38- year tradition and it seems like it's only getting even bigger.

People who attended Thursday’s dinner were treated to live music. The dinner menu included everything from turkey, corn, mashed potatoes and of course you can't forget the pie. For many volunteers, it brings them joy to be able to help those in need saying it's one of the many reasons why it brings them back every year.

"It gives you a really good feeling and I’ve been a member of this church for fifty years and this is what court street is known for is the Thanksgiving dinner,” 25-year volunteer, Nancy Stanis said.

“If you don't have a place to go or even if you do have a place to go come down to United Methodist we have pie we have turkey we have stuffing, we have everything,” 9-year volunteer Richard Wooten said.

The church was so busy that they held the free meals in both of their dining rooms and they also offered free flu shots. The first Sunday of every month the church offers waffles and worship and that's from 8-9 in the morning where people have access to free breakfast.