There are plenty of places in Eastern Carolina offering a free Thanksgiving meal. here's a list of a few. Please comment on this story to share any other free meals you know will be provided in our area.
Little Willie Center at
1118 West 5th Street
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 pm.
Grateful Heart Community Outreach Ministries
925 East Main Street
1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
USO of Jacksonville
9 Tallman Street.
Dinner served for all active duty military, dependents and retirees
10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
In Duplin County, the private golf community River Landing in Wallace invited about 100 Marines from Camp Lejeune for Thanksgiving. Cam McLemore with River Landing says each Marine spends the day golfing, fishing, kayaking or using the fitness center or pool. Others relax and play games, watch TV, throw a football around the yard or help cook dinner. Marines have a home cooked Thanksgiving dinner with families throughout the community. The event was started three years ago with just 12 Marines by River Landing resident and Army veteran Robert Steen.