By Jeffery Smith jsmith@the-leader.com

ADDISON - “ACT-N-DO” will deliver more than 550 free Thanksgiving Day dinners today to people in the Addison School District, allowing many to celebrate Thanksgiving Day dinner at home as a family.

“That’s really how this got started,” said Troy Preston, co-owner of Fran’s Landing, who helped start the group six years ago, along with business partner Kevin Hillman. “And it’s really grown every year.”

The free Thanksgiving Day dinners were made by several local volunteers Wednesday at Fran’s Landing, and will be delivered today to the elderly, disabled, veterans and those who are in need.

Preston said “ACT-N-DO” delivers to homeowners within the Addison School District and sometimes a little bit further away.

“Our goal is to provide warm Thanksgiving dinner and maybe brighten someone’s day,” Hillman said.

Deborah Finamore-Flint, retired Addison School District Principal who has taken part in “ACT-N-DO” since its inception, called the program a wonderful way to help people keep the holiday tradition in their home.

“This isn’t only about helping the poor,” Finamore-Flint said. “It’s about helping the entire community that just wants the traditional Thanksgiving dinner.”

“ACT-N-DO” stands for Addison Community Thanksgiving Dinner Outreach, and is comprised of members from local businesses, schools and churches.

“We are so thankful for all of the volunteers who help make this possible,” Preston said. “The Addison area residents, merchants and other organizations have been very generous with donations this year.”

Preston said this Thanksgiving Day dinner number to be served is a record.

“As happy as we are that we’re providing over 500 meals, it’s also bittersweet because that means that there are over 500 people that have reached out to us in need and there is certainly a lot more,” Preston said. “We want to help as many people as we can. That’s our goal.”