For the first time in many years, the two biggest public Thanksgiving feasts joined together under one roof at the George R. Brown Convention Center.
Five thousand volunteers worked all day on Wednesday and Thursday to put together the perfect Thanksgiving feast at the center.
"You know, there are a lot of folks who don't have what we have out there," said Rich Bonn, a first-time volunteer. "This is an example of private organizations and private citizens getting together and helping a lot of folks, and really doing the thing that we're supposed to do."
The event, which provides more than 30,000 people with traditional Thanksgiving food and other services, is sponsored by Waste Management and the City Wide Club.
"We'll have clothing for women, children, and men, as well as medical services and medical screenings," said Stephanie Lewis, a volunteer. "And it's all free. Flu shots, food baskets, information about employment and volunteer opportunities. We try to address a gamut of needs while we have everyone together."
Volunteers said everyone benefits when it comes to the event--those who come for Thanksgiving dinner, and those who volunteered to make it happen.
"We all have a common goal," said Gale Campbell, a first-time volunteer. "It just does your heart good to know you're helping to feed some people who really are going to need it."
The food service will be held between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.
Donations for the event are still being accepted and volunteers are needed for the second shift, which is from 1:30 until 4:30 p.m.