Kindergartners at Black Mill's Elementary began celebrating Thanksgiving on Friday with a holiday feast of plenty.
Rolling up their tiny sleeves and placing their napkins in their laps, the 5- and 6-year-olds took turns around the table saying what they were thankful for.
While there were a few children who are the most thankful for their toys and video game players, the most frequent answer was family.
"I'm thankful for my mommy and my daddy," said Amber Phillips.
Shayley Jandon also said family was important.
"I'm thankful for all my family," she said.
For many families, the holidays are a time to share with loved ones, reminisce on the previous months and make plans for the future.
But for others who find themselves alone during the holidays, there often is no celebration.
A group of volunteers from churches across Dawson County wants to make sure everyone enjoys the celebration of Thanksgiving this year.
Now in its third year, the local Alliance of Churches is expecting several hundred guests tonight for the annual community Thanksgiving feast at the Lakeview Center.
The event is designed for those who find themselves alone or can't afford to travel to be with family for the holiday.
"Last year, we had more than 300 people have Thanksgiving dinner with us," said organizer Jim Bohl. "We're planning for about 400 this year."
The feast of turkey and all the trimmings, including a variety of desserts, will be served by volunteers from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the center, 2057 Dawson Forest Road.
The food will be prepared by volunteers from the group's respective churches.
This year, the Alliance of Churches has joined with the Rotary Club of Dawson County to help sponsor the event.
Rotarian Scott Yochum said the club is proud to be a partner in a worthwhile cause that benefits the community.
"We hope this gives members of our community who are alone for the holiday the chance to have a Thanksgiving dinner," he said.