Thousands of needy and homeless people took advantage of free Thanksgiving meals during the holiday.
Up to 400 diners were served turkey and all the fixin’s at the Salvation Army facility at 16th and North B streets. A woman named Margarite was there with her three children to enjoy the meal.
She was thankful for the efforts by volunteers.
“They’re good volunteers who are doing for others instead of doing for themselves,” she said.
Several church groups set up mobile kitchens just outside where lines of homeless formed.
“It’s extremely fortunate and nice that people have a heart, especially around the holidays,” said Jonathan Bibbins, who came to the North B street area to get a prepared meal handed out by a local church.
A long line formed for a food and clothing give-a-way held by SEVA, a charitable civic group that is non-denominational.
“SEVA means selfless services without any expectation or any reward so it’s kind of self-fulfilling,” SEVA volunteer Bhubinder Kooner said.
In Woodland, the Hoof and Fowl Restaurant opened it’s doors with employees and their families to serve a turkey dinner to homeless clients of the Fourth and Hope shelter.
It’s the first time the shelter had its Thanksgiving dinner outside its dining hall where it’s served buffet style.
“That’s really nice that the food comes to you,” said shelter client Renee Keyes.
“You usually have to get the food yourself or wait in line. It kind of makes you feel like a real person,” shelter client Jennifer Rowland said.
Restaurant general manager Thomas Robinson said the restaurant has been open almost exactly one year. He says he wanted to give back to the community.
“I think Thanksgiving is an important day and everyone needs to have theat special feeling so it’s good that we can share it with them,” said Robinson.