ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Giving out yearly food baskets wasn’t enough for the team behind the Gratitude and Unity Community Thanksgiving Dinner Wednesday.

“We spread love so that others could feel 'Hey this is something I can do.' It's all about motivation and just inspiring people to be great,” said co-coordinator David Williams of Rochester.

They wanted to do more and that meant feeding more than 1000 people this holiday.

“I've lost my mother and my brother my father last year so I know around the holiday time you want to feel loved and you want to feel warm. Especially for individuals that may not have it,” said Khadija Yawn of Rochester.

Turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes were just some of the items on the menu. For many it represented a sense of hope and was exactly what they needed.

“I am thankful. I am thankful for everyone who's here. Everyone who has brought me here,” said Rose Nixon of Rochester.

All of the food was donated by local churches, people and organizations to help others celebrate the holiday.

“When Rochester comes together on one accord, magic happens,” said Williams.

150 food baskets were also delivered to families that were unable attend the holiday meal.