(Springfield, Mo.--11/16/2017) No Thanksgiving dinner would be complete without a turkey and all the trimmings, but for many families across the Ozarks struggling to make ends meet this year, a traditional meal isn't possible.
That's why Crosslines food pantry is assisting those families with the help of a lending hand.
"It’s just really exciting to be apart of something where everybody is coming together for a day take care of people in our community," explains Wes Buchholz, Program Coordinator for Crosslines Food Pantry in Springfield.
They are families that otherwise might not be able to put a Thanksgiving meal on the table.
"There’s just something sitting down together for a meal that just helps build family."
Buchholz says families go home with a bag full of classic Thanksgiving staples like stuffing, cranberry sauce, and canned vegetables and of course the turkey.
"It brings dignity to the family if they’re struggling to make ends meet. So for them to have what they need for that day they don’t have to worry about it."
Hundreds of families struggling to make ends meet are getting Thanksgiving baskets because of volunteers.
Eddie Thomas is a volunteer for the annual event and tells FOX5,"no matter how much I do seems like more that can be done because there’s a lot of people that are hurting and being able to help them makes it all worthwhile."
Thomas has been standing among stacks of donated food, unpacking it, and assembling baskets for families in need for more than 15 years.
"The things you get from the people that come through the line makes it all worthwhile. I mean they’re so appreciative of the fact to be able have food for the holiday."
Volunteers says its a good idea to give back because people are losing their jobs left and right. And it's humbling knowing that could happen to anyone.
"It gives me pleasure to just be able to help knowing that it could be me."