(Springfield, Mo.--11/23/17) We all have our thanksgiving traditions, but for many volunteers in Springfield, the tradition is feeding others.
Our Brennon Gurley shows us how the Salvation Army will once again provide the opportunity for people to enjoy Thanksgiving with some new friends and neighbors.
Volunteers have once again been busy in the kitchen this morning for the annual community Thanksgiving dinner.
Organizers like Major Butch Frost with the Salvation Army are planning on serving up a traditional holiday meal including turkey and all the trimmings.
"The blessing happens when you give back. It’s not when you get something given to you, but when you give back that’s what the blessing is all about," explains Frost.
They say its a way to provide for those that may otherwise be alone on Thanksgiving.
"I think it means they love their community and they want to give back, they want to help, and they want to encourage and they’re just as concerned about people being alone on a holiday as the Salvation Army."
Organizers say the need is great, but they're inspired by so many willing to help.
Caroyln Childress is one of dozens of volunteers. She tells FOX5," We never know we could be there someday and if I’m ever, you, or anybody else, they’re will be somebody there to help us."
Year after year, Childress comes back to serve, even giving up part of her own Thanksgiving.
"I think it opens your eye to the homeless and the ones that really need some help."
That spirit of service is contagious.
Anna Lurvey and her children volunteered their time to help others today. She explains, to always be grateful and to always want to give and to help each other because that’s what it’s about: to be nice, to be kind, and to be giving."
The meal has been around for decades with different generations of people like Lurvey making it happen and teaching her children a life lesson.
"I think its important for parents to show the meaning of Thanksgiving and being thankful and grateful for the things that you have in your life and it’s not about material things."
Cooper Lurvey is Anna's 9 Years old aon and tells FOX5,"It was a really good idea that they did this."