Tom McGinnis loves Thanksgiving. It’s his favorite day of the year.
And what’s love if it isn’t shared?
So once again on Thursday, McGinnis will open the doors of the “party barn” on his town of Le Roy property, for a community Thanksgiving dinner.
“Thanksgiving is my favorite day,” McGinnis said. “No matter what goes on for the rest of the year, on one day you take time to be thankful for what you have — or what you’ve been able to keep.
“Even as a kid, I liked Thanksgiving,” he added. “There are no presents to buy, you have friends around and you can help somebody who is less fortunate.”
McGinnis, who owns McGinnis Excavating, has been doing just that for 14 years. His invitation is extended to anyone in the Le Roy and surrounding communities who is in need, or just doesn’t want to sit home alone this year.
Typically, about 40 or 50 people stop in at some point every year.
Service begins about 6 p.m. Thanksgiving Day.
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“Last year we had some people from Mumford (and) Caledonia,” he said. “And we probably delivered a dozen dinners.
“I never know how many people we’re going to have, but we always have enough food,” McGinnis said.
This year, he’s stocked 50 pounds of turkey, two large hams, a pair of big pork roasts, plenty of squash and all the trimmings.
It’ll be cooked up and served in the “party barn” behind the McGinnis home on Gully Road.
There’s a joke about why so many men love Thanksgiving: They enjoy a feast while the women are stuck doing all the work.
Not so for McGinnis. A few friends always arrive early to pitch in, but he will probably take care of about 90 percent of the preparation and cleanup himself.
“That’s my hobby, cooking,” McGinnis said. “So I share it with people and hope they enjoy.”