Thanksgiving came early to Williamsburg on Nov. 20.
Locals gathered at the Church of God of Prophecy to partake of a free turkey dinner provided by the community group Los Sures. The annual event is a way of bringing neighbors together, a spokesman for the organization said.
“It makes us happy to see the community come together and all enjoy dinner under one roof,” Thoms Servello said. “It is like people really care.”
The feast was the group’s 12th and more than 400 people attended, according to Servello.
One attendee agreed that the dinner strengthens the social glue of the neighborhood.
“It was good for everyone to get together and get to know each other,” said Tracy Russell, who brought her daughter. “It is a good way to build relationships and meet people you did not know before.”
Local companies including Food Bazaar, El Canario, and Sazon donated supplies and a few dozen people volunteered to cook and staff the event.
Los Sures also gave away 100 turkeys for families to make their own Thanksgiving dinners — on the actual date.