LINCOLN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Thanksgiving is a time to come together and celebrate family… but for people in the town of Lincoln, family means the entire community.

“Making people feel good, is the best thing,” said Karen Morrison who is leading the first ever- Lincoln Community Thanksgiving Supper. And it's turning out to be quite a task…

“I was tired last night, I'll be tired tonight, but tomorrow I'll be full of energy because I love doing this,” she said.

And for a community whose economy is suffering...

“There's a lot of people here, we just don't have the money flow that used to be here when the mills were going…”

She said this time spent together, is absolutely needed.

“Because it keeps the community closer,” she said.

Major John Nelson says that's especially true for the growing number of vets in the area, who don't have any family to celebrate with.

“For those of us who went to war, it's the brotherhood of war that keeps us together,” he said.

Organizers hope this holiday dinner reminds the community that it's still strong. With a promising future ahead.

“It's the little things like that, that when your back is aching at the end of the day, it makes it rewarding. This brightens my holiday too,” said Morrison.

“So tomorrow when we get together, it's a thank you. A thanks for being here because any morning that I wake up and am still above ground, it's a great day,” said Nelson.

Doors of the Masonic Lodge Dining Hall will be open from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m.
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