La Crosse Community Thanksgiving Dinner welcomes all

The La Crosse Community Thanksgiving Dinner is an area tradition that brings a sense of community to the forefront.

The event is held at the La Crosse Center for anyone who would like to celebrate the holiday with others.

The dinner is in its 36th year and serves about 3,000 meals annually for no charge.

The LCTD’s planning chair, Ruth McQuiston-Keil, said that volunteers are like a family.

Much of the food is donated, and McQuiston-Keil said it’s a dinner put on by the community for the community.

“Until you come down and experience it, we can talk until we’re blue in the face about how great it is,” she said. “Everyone needs to come down at least once, because it is life-transforming.”

Along with meals, the event Thursday offered a non-denominational worship service and entertainment.

The LCTD accepts monetary donations year round in order to keep the service going. More information on how to contribute can be found on this website.