Thanksgiving tradition returns to Chippewa Valley

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- This week, a holiday tradition returns to the Chippewa Valley, in the form of a free Thanksgiving dinner.

Each year, Trinity Lutheran Church in Eau Claire welcomes hundreds of people through their doors on Thanksgiving for a free meal. All of the food is donated, and the event is run by volunteers.

They have two seatings, one at 11:30 a.m., and another at 12:30 p.m.

"Anyone is welcome. We love to have people who don't have a place to go," volunteer Dawn Marcott said. "Or, if they're going to be alone for Thanksgiving, please come join our Trinity Family. We'd love to have you here."

Trinity will have 50 turkeys,160 pounds of sweet potatoes, 80 pounds of corn, dozens of pies, and a bunch of dinner rolls.

Pastor Patrick Patterson is ready to experience the event for the first time.

"This is legendary here at Trinity. I've heard for years and years about the volunteerism, huge numbers with folks showing up for the meal, and just a great sense of gratitude that kind of permeates the entire place," Patterson said.