Some people prepare for Thanksgiving a few days in advance. The volunteers at the Salvation Army of Lee and Hendry Counties have been preparing for weeks to make a massive amount of food for those in need this holiday season.
It took 120 turkeys and over 500 pies to help complete the meals for numerous hungry people who came in for a Thanksgiving meal.
For some families, volunteering at the Salvation Army is a tradition. Mark Terwilliger and his family are stationed in the kitchen every year.
"It's just a way to give back to people who haven't had maybe the best year", he told Fox 4. Terwilliwer began volunteering with his family seven years ago when he wanted to get more involved in the community. His mother suggested volunteering with the Salvation Army. They've been serving Thanksgiving dinner there ever since.
Other volunteers are working with the Salvation Army for the first time. One of these volunteers is Sandra Averheart. Averheart was inspired by the work the Salvation Army does year-round to volunteer for the day.
She told Four in Your Corner"To be a part of something so big, I'm just one little part hyou know?"
The charity did try to make the meal a big event for the people who attended. Live musicians provided entertainment, and table service was provided for every person who walked through the doors.