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The Word Changing Hearts Ministries hosted a free Thanksgiving dinner event for dozes of people on Nov. 22, 2017 (Photo: Kirsten Gutierrez/WWAY)

Wilmington, NC (WWAY) — Dozens of people came together Wednesday to give those in the community a traditional Thanksgiving meal and the opportunity for a health checkup.

The Word Changing Hearts Ministries hosted the event in Wilmington. Aside from a delicious Thanksgiving meal, with turkey, dessert, and plenty of sides to choose from, people also had the chance to receive free flu shots and health screenings thanks to the New Hanover County Health Department.

The purpose of the event is to provide the community with opportunities they might not have otherwise.

“I just think people need to feel loved and know that people love them,” Word Changing Hearts Ministries Pastor, Darwin Murrill said. “People just need to feel loved. There’s still good people in the world that really care about them.”

Along with food and checkups, the Phoenix Hometown Hires organization was also there to help those who are unemployed find jobs.

This is the ministries 16th free Thanksgiving meal event and organizers hope to continue the tradition for years to come.

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