Thousands will attend The Giving Heart’s 10th annual Thanksgiving feast

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Thousands of people are expected to come together for the area’s largest community feast today.

The dinner has been put on since 2005 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, 301 N. Third Street.

“When we started this event, there were four of us,” founder of The Giving Heart Vicki Neilson told 8News. “Two were in the kitchen, two were in the front, and it was just pandemonium,” remembers Vicki Neilson, founder of The Giving Heart.

There is now sit-down service at 240 tables. Each one has a host to make it a special day for everyone who gathers.

“We want everybody to understand it is their place on Thanksgiving,” Neilson said.

There about 850 volunteers signed up to help make it all happen.

The event is all about celebrating community and fellowship. The Giving Heart focuses on including the homeless, elderly, working class, local military servicemen and women and other people who would otherwise be alone today.

Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and food is served from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.

GRTC is providing free bus rides to the event from 9 to 10 a.m. Click here for more information about stops.

8News reporter Kristin Smith is covering this story today. Watch her full report on 8News at 6.

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