Volunteers serve up Thanksgiving dinner

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SALT LAKE CITY -- The smell of turkey is in the air! All around the valley, families have served up plates full of mashed potatoes and gravy. But the holiday is about more than just a good meal. Thanksgiving is a chance for some to focus on helping those in need.

There isn't one detail left out of the feast at Eagle Ranch Ministries. They served up turkey and all the trimmings to the city's needy and homeless.

Volunteers serve up Thanksgiving dinner

Jennie Dudley, with Eagle Ranch Ministries, said, "We're feeding the needy and facilitating people that have a heart to give."

Dudley and dozens of volunteers continued the Thanksgiving dinner tradition under the 5th South bridge. For nearly 25 years -- on Thanksgiving, Christmas and Sundays -- volunteers have served up plates full of food.

Volunteer Paul Clausen said, "I think a lot of us need to get out and help as much as we can."

Volunteer Stormy Sambor said, "It's really nice to know you're giving back to your community and those who don't have as much as yourself."

Sambor and her family have volunteered their time every Thanksgiving for the past four years.

"We decided we really liked it, and then me and my dad started coming down here more often," she said.

She says today is about being grateful for what you have -- a sentiment that's shared by everyone.

Eagle Ranch Ministires say nearly 400 people were served dinner.

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