An influx of out-of-towners kept the town's hotels and eateries busy as many people traditionally come to McCloud as a gathering spot for families from different areas to celebrate together.

The town of McCloud celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday by sharing with others and showing thanks to the community.

An influx of out-of-towners kept the town’s hotels and eateries busy as many people traditionally come to McCloud as a gathering spot for families from different areas to celebrate together.

One family, the Murray clan, met at the McCloud Hotel for the Thanksgiving weekend and will also celebrate an early Christmas together as well. The 15-member clan came from Burney, Salem, Oregon, and Chico for their annual holiday dinner and early gift exchange. They have been doing this for the last 10 years.

Along with them, the McCloud Hotel is serving 150 dinners to local and out of town families.

Earlier in the day, the McCloud First Baptist Church served up a free Thanksgiving dinner for the community. They have done this for the McCloud community for many years. Church members drive out to shut-ins to being them the traditional meal with homemade pie. “I think because of the snowy weather, we won’t serve as many,” said Rosa Mero. “Usually we bring dinners to about 25 shut-ins and serve about 50 dinners.”

Later in the day, the American Legion Cheula Post 92 held a potluck Thanksgiving dinner that was open for the community. There were a variety of dishes, mostly traditional Thanksgiving side dishes while the legion provided the turkey and ham.

“It is nice to have a place to go and enjoy good food on Thanksgiving,” said Nina Grant who helped serve up the food at the Legion.