Before enjoying their own Thanksgiving turkey, dozens of volunteers woke up early to serve a Thanksgiving meal at the People's City Mission. It's a simple act of giving, felt on both the giving and receiving ends.
Hundreds gathered Thursday at the People's City Mission for a Thanksgiving feast. One of them is 11-year-old Caitlin Bothe, who lives at the mission with her mother and older brother.
"(It's) Wonderful," said Caitlin. "I get turkey, mashed potatoes!
This isn't just any day at the mission. It's a day to be thankful for what we have.
"Normally we go through the line instead of sitting down and getting served," said Caitlin. "They're taking time from being with their family and coming here and doing something nice for others."
For many people at the mission that was as comforting as the warm meal in their stomachs.
"It shows the kindness in their hearts," said Rhonda Bothe.
Rhonda, Caitlyn's mother, says the family was in a different situation last Thanksgiving.
"This has been a pretty special one because we had a place to stay," said Rhonda. "It made you realize more of what you're thankful for, my kids, a place to stay, friends."
She says this Thanksgiving is better than years past.
"You don't even realize how much you appreciate things until you don't really have anything," said Rhonda. "You have a lot more to be thankful for then."
"I'm thankful for having a place to stay," said Caitlin. "My friends and family, and for my pretend family, or the family that we say we have here.
Together, with their pretend family, they celebrated all the things they are thankful for. Whatever that may be.