PEORIA (25 NEWS) - Thanksgiving came a little early for dozens of families Tuesday.

House of Hope hosted the first event at its new location on Shelley Street on the Southside.

Dozens of people showed up for a free Thanksgiving meal. And they were even sent home with pre-packaged meals to go.

Terry Burnside, executive director for the group said he hopes people felt loved today.

”Fostering unity in the community, this time creating opportunity. It’s more than just a prepared meal today, it’s about community, unifying, collaborating, and networking,” said Burnside.

The group also offers outreach services, mentorship, workforce development and other services.

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