GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. -- Thanksgiving means it’s time to give thanks for everyone and everything around you. So, we went out and asked the folks in town, “What are you thankful for?”
The consensus answer we received was free food and family.
What about those restaurants and churches giving away Turkey Day dinner?
"It’s just our way of giving back to our community. We've been here a long time. The Sherman/Denison community has been great supporting our restaurant," Blue Door Cafe Owner Venu Menon says.
"We’ve been preparing for the last month, month-and-a-half. It makes us happy to know we’re making a difference in the community, world and neighborhood," Trinity United Methodist Church Pastor Dan Gurley says.
All the places we visited Thursday had tons of people, some volunteering their time, some cooking, some serving food and the rest eating with families and friends.
So why do they do it?
"Everybody that comes out, my family, wait staff, people in the kitchen are all volunteers and just want to come out and do something to give back on Thanksgiving,” Venu adds.
And what if they run out?
"I don't think we're gonna’ run out of food. Send it home with them. Go back for seconds, thirds, fourths. However many times; go back until they get full," Pastor Gurley says.
Everywhere we went, they told us it’s great to spend their Thanksgiving helping out.
"I’ve seen some people for 10 years straight now, and this is their family, sort of. They come out and see the same people waiting on them. Gives a good sense of connection and we're all from the same place. We're humans," Venu says.
Pastor Gurley agrees, "It makes you feel great, knowing you make a difference in at least one person's life; makes it all worth it."