Community devastated by Irma flooding comes together to keep nearly 50-year Thanksgiving tradition

RIDGE MANOR, Fla. — Even after devastating floods following Hurricane Irma, the small community of Ridge Manor is able to come together and count their blessings this Thanksgiving, carrying on a tradition they've had for nearly 50 years. 

Jackie Redford has lived in Ridge Manor since she was 15, she said, "we’re so small that kind of everybody knows everybody and now a days you don’t have little cities and little towns like that." 

And for 47 years they’ve been having Thanksgiving together after Mimi Fletcher started the tradition for people who had no where to go for Thanksgiving. Her last wish before she died was that no one who came would ever have to pay more than two dollars for an entire Thanksgiving meal.

Laura Renker volunteers serving the dinner, she said, "everybody brings their own decorations and table service. They’ll be bringing a dish to share, a desert, and for two dollars they’ll have an entire thanksgiving meal

And it's the opportunity for everyone to come together and be thankful for the big family of a small community.

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