During Thanksgiving we're taught to give thanks for our blessings and if possible to give back. In Panama City, more than a thousand homeless are being fed, all while receiving a warm welcome from the Rescue Mission.
Food was plentiful at the Panama City Rescue Mission for Thanksgiving, a day that has come to be worry-free for those who struggle to find food.
"We pretty much open up to anyone that's hungry and that's maybe lonely or tired and is looking for a place to be with people on Thanksgiving." Rev. Billy Fox says.
The hungry came in droves to line up and be fed. Over a hundred turkeys were donated by local businesses and according to fox more than a thousand enjoyed a full turkey dinner with mashed potatoes, stuffing and dessert at their luncheon.
"We enjoy working with others in sharing and this is a very worthy cause. We really admire the people who do this full time and we are just glad to be here and to be a part of it." Glen Alligood says.
Nhung Phan volunteers throughout the year at the rescue mission and chooses to assist on Thanksgiving and Christmas. "It really does mean a lot to me because everyone is so sweet here."
With the help from volunteers like Phan, Fox says they are able to reach out to the masses. "This is a very generous community and we're very thankful that the lord brings us all together. The volunteers are really the hub of this. They're the ones that we really want to experience this. We experience it everyday."
The Rescue Mission wants to thank the organization that donated more than 100 turkeys, and the Rotary Club of Panama City Beach for volunteering to carve them.