Thanksgiving is filled with some old traditions, and some new. But no matter the tradition, the holidays are an opportunity to give back to people in need.
"We got your traditional turkey dinner and ham and your biscuit," said Ku Thao, owner of Ku's Wokery.
Ku's Wokery in Merrill opened for the holiday. They put their usual menu aside for a home style Thanksgiving dinner. Local businesses helped the restaurant with donations, and the food was unlimited.
"You can have as much as you want you want to take a couple extra that's fine," said Thao.
They're not the only ones giving free meals. First Presbyterian Church in Wausau also supplied a delicious dinner.
"For people who might be alone or in need or just unable to prepare their own meal for Thanksgiving," said Joan Kuehl, the dinner organizer.
Church volunteers say they want to get entire families in the community involved.
"There are people in this world that need your help and it's a great way to start a family tradition," said Kuehl.
For owners at Ku's Wokery, it's about spreading love.
"This is a way to welcome the Merrill community to our family and just as they've welcomed us to their family," said Thao.
They're making sure no one spends the holiday on an empty stomach.
Although this was Ku's Wokery's first time doing a free dinner, they're looking forward to hosting it again next year, as well as First Presbyterian Church.