GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Thanksgiving wouldn't be the same without gathering around the table with friends and family to eat delicious food, but for many, the meal is too expensive to put together themselves.
"I got laid off recently and didn't have anywhere to go," said Vivian Stuart, who attended the Salvation Army's feast. "I don't have any family."
Salvation Army volunteers spent their Thanksgiving morning working to ensure everybody got not only a taste of turkey, but also that sense of family togetherness.
"It's almost like a family, a large family get together," Stuart said. "Everybody's real friendly. Everybody's willing to talk to you and nobody really shuts anybody out."
All of the holiday food favorites made an appearance at the Salvation Army's feast. Sodexo helped cook up 100 turkeys and converted 200 loaves of bread into stuffing for those who might not have the funds to celebrate Thanksgiving at home.
"It's a lot of work preparing this, but in the long run when you see all these people being fed and all of the community coming together to help, it is a blessing," said Sybil Marsh, of the Salvation Army. "You really feel warm inside."
The Salvation Army paired up with around 300 volunteers at Canyon View Vineyard Church to deliver more than 1,000 meals to people who couldn't make it to the feast like shut-ins and hospice patients.
"If we didn't have it, we wouldn't have one," said Ann Nowaczyk, a Thanksgiving dinner recipient.