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Urban Family Ministries hosts community Thanksgiving

Urban Family Ministries in Southeast Grand Rapids opened its doors for dozens of community members Monday, Nov. 22.

Urban Family Ministries in Southeast Grand Rapids opened its doors for dozens of community members Monday, Nov. 22.

They held a community meal a few days before Thanksgiving.

The free dinner was provided by Ellnora's Kitchen, a restaurant across the street from the church.

Elijah Libbett, the owner of Ellnora's Kitchen, says it is important to give back to the community.

"A lot of kids don't have a thanksgiving meal," he said. "When I was growing up, it was hard on us and to be able to sit down and have a hot meal, it's nice.

"Even though it seems normal -- everybody can't do it. So, just giving back in anyway I can is what I like to do."

Organizers are planning to host a similar dinner around Christmas.