SMITHSBURG -- At Trinity Lutheran Church in Smithsburg's free Thanksgiving dinner for the community, some volunteers greeted guests, some helped in the kitchen, and some served food and cleared plates.
Meanwhile, McKenzie Benson, 15, made her way around to tables simply to talk to the guests.
"I know a lot of the people, and I know a lot of them don't have family," she said. "They need people to talk to."
Benson said her goal was to make sure everyone had a good time at the dinner and felt welcome and comfortable.
"I want everyone to feel like they can come back," she said.
Benson said her family eats its Thanksgiving dinner later in the day to make time to volunteer at the church.
"I think it's a good experience because it helps you with your social skills, and you're making someone's day," she said.