Pastor James Gebhardt of Father's Heart Ministries said the crowd included residents from Iraq, Africa, Burma and Nepal, many of whom were sharing their first-ever Thanksgiving meal.
"It's an entirely different diet, this tradition that we celebrate," he
"What a privilege and honor it is to serve them; it is truly the meaning of Thanksgiving."
Gebhardt's church ministers to the community on Syracuse's North Side, offering free clothing, household goods and support year-round at 909 Butternut St. He
said this year's economic recession brought out more people to the annual dinner.
"With the economic uncertainty that we as a state and nation are facing, a lot of families have tight budgets this year," he