Being at the Salvation Army on Thanksgiving has become a routine for Patricia Venzor.
"We have fun doing it," said Venzor.
For the past three years, she and her three sons have spent the Thanksgiving holiday serving hot meals to the less fortunate.
"I'm just wanting to teach my sons how to give back to the community," said Venzor. "It's something that you can't buy, it's priceless. It just feels good to our hearts to help out and see the smiles of others."
She isn't alone. In fact, over 90 local volunteers went to the Salvation Army on Thursday to feed dozens of people for the shelter's Thanksgiving feast.
"We've had other volunteers bring us desserts, turkeys and hams. We've had other folks come and help start the prep of things," said Executive Director for the Salvation Army, Major Harvey Johnson. "So, there's volunteers involved in a lot of different ways. We're very blessed to have people that would give up their time to come and help serve others."
And while not everyone was blood-related, it was a family affair.
"We see Thanksgiving dinner as more important that just a meal, we see it as a social event," said Johnson. "It's a big day. We're together with family and friends and for those who are not, whether they're homeless or whether they just happen to be alone, we think it's a great way to connect with others "
And every passing plate, bite, and smile brings Venzor and her family back every year.
"It is very worth it," said Venzor. "We do this as a family."
The Salvation Army is always looking for volunteer for other events. If you're interested you can call their main office at 373-6631.