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Volunteers Reach Out to Serve

Volunteers Reach Out to Serve



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Tonya Papanikolas ReportingThanksgiving is about being thankful for what we have. Many were thankful for the kindness and generosity of scores of Utah volunteers who reached out to help them today.

You may expect to find turkey and all the trimmings at a family gathering, but this is a car dealership.

Volunteers Reach Out to Serve

Chuck Barber, Barber Brothers Car Dealership: “M wife and the guy who caters this decided five years ago that we needed to do something to pay back the community for all they did for us."

At Barber Brothers in Orem, volunteers feed about 500 people on Thanksgiving.

Chuck Barber: “It's just a matter of serving your fellow men, the people that are on the streets around this town."

The Young Ambassadors provided a little holiday cheer while even the young kids pitch in to serve.

Robert Engel, Celebrating Thanksgiving: “I've been coming down here for the last 10 years off and on."

Under the viaduct in downtown Salt Lake, people volunteered their time to feed the homeless, making sure everyone had enough to eat.

Moli Toia, Volunteer: “It's just giving instead of taking."

The servers come from all over the valley.

Jennie Dudley, Organizer: “We've had people come clear from Logan and down south."

A few blocks away at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, volunteers took shifts to help serve about 4,000 turkey dinners.

Steve Oneida, Volunteer: “I have so much, and I feel like you need to give something back."

Rose Pylidis: “You just get a sense of knowing that you've helped someone, that you're making a difference in someone's life, even if it's just serving them food or giving them a cup of coffee."

Those on the receiving end expressed their gratitude.

Joy Wolfblack, Celebrating Thanksgiving: “I'm really thankful this place is here. Yes, cause we wouldn't have anywhere to go this year."

That was enough for even the volunteers to leave feeling full.

Some of these church groups and community organizations also offered clothing to the homeless today since the cold holiday season is just beginning.

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