Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) It's a nearly two decade old tradition in Binghamton.
The Binghamton High School Thanksgiving dinner happens every year; It's a chance for everyone to enjoy a hot meal on the day of thanks.
Hundreds filled the 18th annual Thanksgiving community dinner to enjoy a hot meal.
Anyone in the community was welcome to stop in for a free meal complete with turkey, potatoes, stuffing, gravy, and dessert.
Of course, a free event of this magnitude wouldn't be possible without the many volunteers.
Most of them are students, but anyone was welcome to help out.
"We're just here to help out and do what we can to make sure this day goes well for all the people who are celebrating Thanksgiving with the students today," said Binghamton Mayor Matt Ryan.
The National Honor Society chapter at Binghamton High School has been working on this event all year.
The students do all the planning and fundraising in order to make it happen.
"After this dinner, we'll already be having meetings again, what went wrong, what went well, how can we fix it? And then we'll start fundraising for the next year. And it will go on up until next Thanksgiving," said BHS National Honor Society President Esteban Doyle.
But what it really comes down to is the food itself. We asked one man what his favorite part of the meal is.
"The whole thing, the whole plate. And all the kids are great here. They really put on a good meal here," said Endicott resident Carl Morton.
Everyone left with a stomach full of holiday cheer, and turkey and stuffing, of course.