The River of Life Family Church in Alton kept up a tradition now 11 years old with the serving of a large Thanksgiving meal to the community on Tuesday. It started as a meal of thanks and unity following the 9-11 attacks in 2001 and served about 200 guests. Yesterday more than 11-hundred people turned out for the free feast.

People came in their own vehicles while others rode busses to the church on Fosterburg Road. More than 200 volunteers from the church helped served the meal prepared by Chef Bob Brown that included a full traditional Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings including desserts. The meal was first served at New Testament Fellowship church, but due to its popularity, moved to River of Life in 2004.