Unfortunately many people are alone for the holiday. That's why places like the Salvation Army open their doors to everyone. WTOC was at their location on Montgomery Street today as they served up Thanksgiving dinner. Not only did hundreds show up for a meal, but so did dozens of volunteers.
For chief cook Lotchie Colman, this is the time of the year she wouldn't dream of missing out on, a time when she can do what she loves: cook. "I started Monday morning, about four o'clock when I got here."
Lotchie leads her group of volunteers. They stand shoulder to shoulder cooking and serving up hot meals which go to those who would normally go without.
"We open our doors for those who are less fortunate, that really can't get a meal all of us take for granted on this day," the Salvation Army's Phil Michael said.
It's a day they can give thanks by giving back to the community. "I think it always shows and exemplifies what the young people and college students come out and help the needy," said volunteer Tyrone Price with the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. "I think everyone at the Salvation Army is always receptive of all the volunteers and the help they provide."
A lot of hard work that goes into preparing a holiday meal fit for a king. Chief cook Lotchie described the menu: "With turkey, ham, green beans, corn, cranberry sauce, dressing, potato souffle and we have tossed salad, all the pies and cake."
These volunteers say even though it takes days to prepare this kind of meal, it's more than worth it, because their payoff comes by knowing that more than 400 people will not walk away from the tables hungry.
If you know someone who would like a free hot meal, the Salvation Army will be serving dinner until 7pm tonight.