Charities Serve Up Hot Thanksgiving Meal in Odessa

Josh Navarro
NewsWest 9

ODESSA- Volunteers were at hard at work at Odessa's Salvation Army and Jesus House serving up hundreds of Thanksgiving meals. They were hard at work Wednesday night prepping and cooking food to make Thursday possible for anyone who was seeking a hot meal this Thanksgiving.

"All these people are helping out and serving people and making a lot of people happy," one volunteer said.

An appetite was required as hundreds walked through the Salvation Army to receive a Thanksgiving feast.

"Some people who come here every year don't have the means or the ability to cook a turkey or have a Thanksgiving dinner. For us to be able to do that for them is just doing our part," Joe Contreras, Lieutenant of the Salvation Army in Odessa, said.

On the menu, corn, mashed potatoes, dinner rolls and of course the main ingredient, turkey.

Over at Jesus House in Odessa, they also served up a plate.

"There was a need in the community this week, some people approached us and said they had nowhere to go because they were banned at other facilities," Donny Kyker, Director of Jesus House in Odessa, said.

This is the first time they actually volunteered on Thanksgiving Day and for Michelle and Marvin, who live on the streets, they say they are truly blessed to have a hot meal.

"I'm thankful for the food. I'm thankful for all the friendly people. I wish I could give back, someday I hope I can give back more than I took," Michelle McDonald said.

Members at Jesus House say they'll probably serve Thanksgiving meals from now on each year. They dished out about six turkeys and three hams. At the Salvation Army, they cooked about 15 turkeys weighing in at 22 pounds.