Annual Messalonskee High School Thanksgiving dinner serves record number of people

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OAKLAND, Maine (WABI) - Hundreds got together at Messalonskee High School today for their annual Thanksgiving dinner.

"This is our 33rd year doing this," says organizer Mike Perkins. "We've served community people from all over Waterville, Winslow, Oakland, Sydney, Belgrade."

The annual Messalonskee High School Thanksgiving dinner serves people dining in, taking out, and by delivery.

"It's just one big happy family," says Perkins. "It's just one big family. People put their differences aside. They throw the political garbage aside, and they're just here to have a sharing meal with somebody else who cares."

"It's a big family," says volunteer Ethan Foss. "Even if they come in with nobody but themselves, they get treated family. They get treated like a brother or a sister or a mom or a dad."

Foss has volunteered here for the past 12 years.

"It's what I like doing on Thanksgiving," says Foss. "Thanksgiving's fun to be with your family but I like giving back. When I first started, I was really, really young. It was kind of weird to me, but I grew to like it. I grew to love it. It's fun giving back to the community."

Other volunteers agree.

"It actually feels amazing to be able to know that you can help so many people that want it, need it, and want to be around others," says volunteer Angel Jordaan.

We're told they served more 1,300 meals in total.