Hundreds of meals were served today at a community Thanksgiving dinner held by the Salvation Army in Grand Island. It's an annual event that's free and open to the public.
Salvation Army Captain David Mowers says they stay busy for the afternoon.
"Our tables filled up right when we opened the doors today. Over the past years, we've served in the neighborhood of 400 meals. So we anticipate doing similar to that this year or maybe even a little bit more," said Mowers.
The Salvation Army has hosted the dinner for over a decade. Mowers says it wouldn't be possible without food donations and help from others.
"The community comes through and supports with the food and the hands to make it all happen," said Mowers.
Over 50 volunteers of all ages came to lend a hand with seating and serving guests. Ardys Dunsmoor is one of those volunteers and she says people from all walks of life come to enjoy the meal.
"I have seen a variety of people through the door... Young families, older people, people who are obviously alone and people who are quite possibly without a home. So each of those people is getting not only a warm plate full of food and a smile from the server, but also the companionship of the other people around them," said Dunsmoor.
Dunsmoor says although they are there to serve others, the volunteers still receive something in return.
"You know, the servers are getting something too. There's no doubt about it. A lot of us are doing this for the first time and we're having a blast," said Dunsmoor.