Tony Hardway (Center) is a perfect example of the fun that was had celebrating the holidays with friends and neighbors during the Community Thanksgiving Dinner hosted by the City of Mesquite Department of Athletics and Leisure Services. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

Tony Hardway (Center) is a perfect example of the fun that was had celebrating the holidays with friends and neighbors during the Community Thanksgiving Dinner hosted by the City of Mesquite Department of Athletics and Leisure Services. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

What better way to spend giving thanks than with your friends, neighbors and other community members than at the Community Thanksgiving Dinner hosted by the City of Mesquite Department of Athletics and Leisure Services.

Thousands of Mesquite community members thought the same thing and senior center staff and volunteers were kept busy for seven hours serving each one of them a feast and a smile.

Krissy Woods Thornton extends her deepest appreciation to the staff and volunteers who spent countless hours cooking, baking and serving the community. “It’s truly a blessing when you see friends and neighbors all gathered together in celebration and to give thanks for the blessings of this wonderful community,” Thornton said. “It really warms the heart and reminds you of what and who is important in life.”

Deb Parsley, Sylvia Cox, Isabella Baird, Kimberly Smith and Todd Bronson (not pictured) were busy serving the thousands of community members who came out to give thanks on Wed. Nov. 23 during the Community Thanksgiving Dinner hosted by the City of Mesquite Department of Athletics and Leisure Services. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

Deb Parsley, Sylvia Cox, Isabella Baird, Kimberly Smith and Todd Bronson (not pictured) were busy serving the thousands of community members who came out to give thanks on Wed. Nov. 23 during the Community Thanksgiving Dinner hosted by the City of Mesquite Department of Athletics and Leisure Services. Photo by Teri Nehrenz

According to senior center employee, Burgandy Hall, several hundred people had already been served their meals on Wednesday, Nov. 23 by noon and the center expected to host more than 2,000-plus diners that day. Hall said the center hosts the dinner every year and each year it seems to draw more and more community members. “It’s so great to see everybody enjoying the day,” Hall said.