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BATON ROUGE - It smelled like grandma's house inside the Baton Rouge River Center ballroom.

Holiday Helpers held its annual thanksgiving dinner, feeding hundreds, from all walks of life. The event also gives people in the community to mix and mingle.

"My family is far away. So I just love this event because I don't want to be by myself on such a special day," said Ruby Jackson.

This is the 27th year the organization has hosted the dinner and about 300 volunteers helped make the event possible.

"Since today was Thanksgiving, I wanted to show how thankful I am to people, so I thought I would like to come serve here and volunteer," said 11-year-old Jay Iyer.

The menu was filled with all the Turkey Day traditions.

Many of the people at the dinner say they she couldn't imagine spending their Thanksgiving meal any place else, especially since they're not in the kitchen.

"It's exciting. You meet new people. It's a gathering. You don't have to cook, that's the exciting part." said Tiffany Gautchier.

Organizers say the event grows each year.

Planning for next year's event will start this weekend.

 

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