NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Several families came together in park circle to enjoy a free Thanksgiving dinner. It's a 9 year tradition of the The South Carolina Grand Lodge of Ancient Free & Accepted Masons, a fraternal organization.
"Come by, they'll be here until four o' clock today come on out and have a nice time," says April Turner who brought her family out for a Thanksgiving meal with the community.
The Grand Master of the The South Carolina Grand Lodge of Ancient Free & Accepted Masons, Rashad Muhammad, says fellowship is what today is all about.
"It's something for people under-privileged and don't have any food to eat, but also we've got a lot of seniors who don't want to eat alone, kids away at school or...they're just older," says Muhammad.
Muhammad says he and his fellow masons prepare the meals for up to about 225 people, just like like they would for their own families at home.
"Instead of actually soliciting businesses for food or just having food as we have here they can go prepare, we want to be able to a service, giving a little bit of our love and our thanks by preparing the food," he says.
The Free Mason's also provide musical entertainment and $50 dollar gifts cards, raffling several off each hour. New this year, food that families can take home provided by the Lowcountry food bank.
"We're able to extend it past today and be able to help them the next couple of days if possible," says Muhammad.
Many say today's Thanksgiving dinner in Park Circle feels like home.
"This make a lot of my men and myself feel good when people actually come in and they appreciate it and you see they enjoy it," says Muhammad. "The food that we made the food that we love to share among each other, they're actually partaking in that as well."
"The gathering...they like family so it's like come out join the music, join the fellowship, join the food," says Turner.
The Free Masons also provided dinner plates for senior homes. The Mason's say they're families get together volunteer and serve the community on Thanksgiving too.