Two events on St. Thomas celebrated Thanksgiving on Thursday by helping to feed the community.

Caribe Tradewinds Lodge 17 celebrated 25 years of service to the community by hosting its “Feeding the less Fortunate” Thanksgiving event at Ulla F. Muller Elementary School.

This event has proven to be an annual staple in the community, with people from across the island coming to participate in receiving a meal comparable to one at any family table. This event helps the homeless and less fortunate as well many who have no family members or place to receive a meal on such a prominent holiday.

Also on Thursday, an annual Thanksgiving tradition continued for the 24th year, as the Penn-Scipio family served meals to hundreds in Emancipation Garden on St. Thomas.

Conceived by Francine and Clarence Penn-Scipio, the event was altered somewhat due to COVID-19. Rather than carving turkeys at the giveaway site, Francine said they prepared boxed, ready-to-go meals to help ensure social distancing.

While they usually serve more than 500 meals, this year’s event was scaled down to about 300. The first such luncheon began at the Cathedral Church of All Saints, mostly for church members. As time passed, however, the event grew in popularity and now extends to the general public.