Thanksgiving Day, hundreds of volunteers have been and are still out to serve across the area. Many of them are serving meals for free to those in need.
Every year, the Union Gospel Mission brings in people from all walks of life and with the help of staff and more than 80 volunteers, it was one popular spot to feed those who need a nice Thanksgiving meal.
"It's something we don't get to do often. Nice to do something different and do something for these people," first-time volunteer Ragen Heinrichs said.
While the mission has been serving those in need for decades, the Heinrichs family is in Sioux Falls from Spirit Lake, Iowa, volunteering for the first time.
"It's very special to us. Means a lot for us to be together right now," Karla Heinrichs said.
Director Fran Stenberg is spending his 36th Thanksgiving doing what he lives, it's his job. But as he explains, this day always means a little more for a number of reasons.
"It's always amazing, they take time on a holiday. That's special to me. They take time, come out and do whatever they can," director Fran Stenberg said.
Levi Mitchell is one volunteer who takes a different approach to giving back.
"I've been there before. I've not had a lot. I realized it would be nice if people helped me when I didn't have a lot. I come out here and it's my opportunity to give back to people and be there for other people that need someone to be there for them," Levi Mitchell said.
He does it for the people, he says, and it's humbling more than anything else.
"I could just be sitting at home but it's nice to come out here and meet new people, be the extra hand, do something with your day. It's thanksgiving so I'm giving, doing my part. I'm giving," Mitchell said.
More than 300 people took advantage of the free Thanksgiving meal.
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