At Panama City Rescue Mission, volunteers gave their time and opened their hearts to help those who often wonder where their next meal will come from. The Mission opened its doors for about 200 guests for its annual Thanksgiving Meal.
"This is just a special day, to do just a little to make them a holiday," said Executive Director Thurman Chambers.
Guests were treated to a restaurant style experience with turkey, mashed potatoes, all of the fixin's, plus dessert. Thurman Chambers said it's just the first step to helping those who need it.
"A meal is just where it starts. When they come in, they see the love that is here, that's around our people."
"I drive by the Rescue Mission every day on my way to the office, and I want to be involved in my community, so as a new member of the community, I want to be involved in participating and hopefully make a difference in the culture," said Grant Powell. He and his wife just moved to Bay County and wanted to volunteer.
Volunteers of all ages came to serve overflowing plates of food, share a friendly conversation, and personal stories. It's a small gesture that gives many a chance to be thankful on this holiday.
"A meal makes a difference to them. They get to come here and to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal with you know people that care about them and love them," said High School Senior Nhung Phan, who volunteers every year.
Chambers said the Rescue Mission anticipated more than 500 guests for lunch based on last year's numbers but only served about 200 meals.