BALDWIN — Community members had a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving as many came together for a home-cooked meal and enjoyed each other’s company last Thursday at St. Ann’s Senior Center.

Men of Purpose, together with Bread of Life Food Pantry and other volunteers put on a community Thanksgiving so no one had to go without a meal or be alone on the holiday, said Everett Bowen, pastor of God’s True Vine Church and member of Men of Purpose.

Organizers of the annual event extend their arms to the public, travelers, hunters and emergency personnel and law enforcement who work during the holiday.

The line was long, and the tables were filled to capacity with those who came out to enjoy the meal. Volunteers were bustling in the kitchen cooking, serving turkey and all the trimmings as well as serving a selection of desserts.

“We are feeding lots of people, and that’s what we want to do,” said Everett Bowen, pastor of God’s True Vine Church. “Everything is homemade, and we have a lot of volunteers making this meal happen. This celebration is getting bigger and better each year. We also will be serving a community meal at Christmas.”