DULUTH, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - More than 4,000 people came out for the 21st annual Thanksgiving buffet today at the DECC.
Around 800 volunteers helped organize, cook, and serve food, and they started preparing that food on Monday.
Organizers say many of the traditional dishes were made from scratch, such as the mashed potatoes and the stuffing.
Volunteers did not only come from St. Scholastica, which is a sponsor of the event.
Many came from the community as well, some of which have been helping for all 21 years of the event, and one volunteer told me he wouldn't have it any other way.
"We spend the day here and we go home and we have a, probably and smaller more informal meal ourselves, but ah. For us this is the best way to spend Thanksgiving, sharing it with those that need it the most," said volunteer Randy Zimmermann.
This year's feast was grown close to home, which was new this year.
Organizers tried to get as much food for the dinner as they could from local farmers
In case any kids were looking forward to the next holiday, Santa Claus was there to take their toy requests.
Volunteers also took and gave out pictures of those kids with him as well as free books for each child that wanted one.
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