Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Hundreds of people in the community sat down to enjoy a free meal Thursday at Binghamton High School. The annual Thanksgiving dinner is entirely funded and served by volunteers.
Thanksgiving Day is about spending time with friends and family. For some, they have a free hot meal to be thankful for.
"It's like being in a restaurant that you've never been before and you couldn't ask for anything more ever in your lifetime," said Bruno Gregory of Binghamton, "Actually I don't think I'll ever cook Thanksgiving at home anymore I'll always come here."
More than 300 students, staff and volunteers at Binghamton High School make the Thanksgiving dinner an annual success.
"I just like hearing their stories I never thought they'd tell us so many stories but it's nice," said Kristyn Fisher, Junior at Binghamton High School.
The service is above expectations for people dining in for the first time.
"Oh let me tell you something," Gregory said, "This was fantastic, how they come over and they're running around all over the place."
Student volunteers took full plates of food and serve them to each table. They were prepared to serve more than 1,500 people.
"I actually wanted to try something new this year," said junior Erika Guzman, "You know talk to more people get involved with school activities and everything."
For some students, this was their first year lending a hand, others have been coming back year after year to help send a special holiday message.
"Just really hoping that the community really sees what Binghamton High School is all about," said Binghamton School's National Honor Society President Kathryn Dura, "You know with all the misconceptions out there it's really important that people see how dedicated the students really are.'
This was the 19th year Binghamton High School held its Thanksgiving Dinner. The dinner is funded through donations collected by Binghamton's National Honor Society.