POSTED: Thursday, November 28, 2013 - 5:47pm
UPDATED: Thursday, November 28, 2013 - 9:30pm
EL PASO (KTSM) — Thanksgiving is here and several organizations joined the city to give a warm meal and a message of unity for hundreds of homeless and people in need.
More than 4,000 El Pasoans showed up this morning at the convention center not only to celebrate but to volunteer and serve, all part of the local annual thanksgiving dinner celebration.
"I feel great and I'm happy that I helped people and served them and feed them I know that they're happy," Maxine Perez said.
Young and old, soldiers and many organizations made a happier thanksgiving day for hundreds of homeless and disadvantaged people in our community.
"It was very delicious and is not my first year coming here and again like I said blessed are the hands of the people who cooked all these meals for us," El Paso resident Alberta Nuñez said.
This thanksgiving dinner celebration was first started in 2005 by former Mayor John Cook and his wife.
This year the city of El Paso, Salvation Army, Operation Hope and many others decided to continue with their effort by sponsoring the event.
"Thanksgiving is a two part word the first part of it most of us have done now giving thanks for what we have that second part of thanksgiving is about giving and that's what this event is about," Former Mayor Cook said.
More than 2 hundred volunteers like Kahliah Vauss stepped up to serve. She says there’s not of better way of celebrating today than helping out.
"I just looked it up online just to try to help out because there are a lot of people that don't have what I have and I got to show them that somebody cares," Vauss said.
"Sharing with people whether it's your time your talent or your treasure to share it with others," Cook added.
Out of the 200 volunteers 90 percent of them came from Fort Bliss, this year's event prepared to feed more than 5,000 people in our community.