LUM hosts 30th annual Community Thanksgiving Celebration

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — It’s been a Lafayette tradition for three decades. On Thursday, the Lafayette Urban Ministries Community Thanksgiving celebration gave another reason for people to be thankful.

This is the 30th year LUM has hosted its Thanksgiving dinner. It was open to anyone in the community.

The grand celebration included dinner, dessert and live music – all for free.

LUM executive director Joe Micon said the event wouldn’t be possible without volunteers and donations. After 30 years, he says LUM is using today to be thankful for all those who help make it happen.

“We’re just taking a breath, having the time to be with one another and enjoying one another’s company,” said Micon. “We’re not talking politics at all. We’re just being thankful for all the blessing God has given us and given our community.”

Micon said seeing everyone come together in fellowship is something he’s thankful for.

“All of us have troubles and all of us during the course of the year have had difficult times, but more important than all of those are the many, many blessings that we have to be thankful for,” added Micon. “Today we’re here to celebrate and we’re here to celebrate that in community with one another.”

Micon said about 75 people attended LUM’s first Thanksgiving dinner. This year 75 turkeys and 112 different pies were among the food that fed about 800 people who attended.