MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Camillus House shelter, known for serving Thanksgiving meals to the homeless for decades in downtown Miami, will serve its final turkey dinner at its original 51-year-old home on Thursday.

According to CBS4 News partner The Miami Herald, the charity will continue the annual tradition next year, but at a brand new home being built nearby.

Themed the “Farewell Feast on Eighth and First Northeast,” the charity will serve the turkey meal from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

To accommodate the large crowd, a giant white tent is being set up outside the center at 726 NE First Ave.

On the menu: turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls and desserts.

In addition to the meals being served at the center, another 400 meals will be sent to St. John Bosco Catholic Church in downtown Miami to serve residents of Little Havana.

The new Camillus House shelter, located between I-95 and Northwest 7th Avenue, has already completed the first phase of its planned $80 million new campus.

Established by the Brothers of the Good Shepherd in 1960, Camillus House has grown from an overnight shelter into a full-service center.

Camillus House serves nearly 1,000 meals a day and provides more than 350,000 free meals annually.

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