CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - It was a Happy Thanksgiving for many people at the Salvation Army today. Everyone was welcome to come and enjoy a home-cooked Thanksgiving meal and also pick up a warm winter coat if they needed one.
Darlene Allen started this Thanksgiving meal at the Salvation Army about 20 years ago. She says it's about the community helping those in need.
"I think there is a huge need in the community and also the community has come together," Allen said. "This is a community affair. It's not just one particular group of people. It's the whole community and that's who actually gets all this going, it's the community for the community."
Volunteers also delivered meals to people who are unable to leave their homes. Allen says the meal and the coat give-a-way would not be possible without the support of the community.
"Everybody comes out to help," Allen said. "They're caring, coming into volunteer when they could be home with their families just as easily. We have a lot of families bringing their kids down to learn what it's like to give back to the community."
Workers say they served about 2,000 people this Thanksgiving day.