The El Dorado Salvation Army opened its doors to feed more than 200 people a hot meal this Thanksgiving. And there were plenty of volunteers on deck to accommodate the large number.
More than 50 volunteers sacrificed part of their Thanksgiving Day to give back to others at the El Dorado Salvation Army, but for volunteers like Jared Smith, there's no place he rather be.
"Just seeing smiles on faces gives me pure joy knowing that I could help people in the community, that's what it's all about."
Volunteers get just as much fulfillment from what they do as those they serve.
"Small gratification knowing that you've helped give back to the community that you helped serve those who might not have anything."
People from all over the area came to receive a warm Thanksgiving meal and they were even treated to a restaurant like atmosphere as volunteers waited on them at their tables. And there definitely wasn't a shortage of food. Folks had their choice of turkey, ham, dressing, and macaroni and cheese.
"Hopefully they'll be overjoyed just to have a hot meal. From the food I've seen today, it looks pretty delicious so hopefully they'll be overjoyed."
The Salvation Army was open from 11 to 2 so there was still enough time for staff and volunteers to spend the holiday with their families as well. Brea Douglas NBC 10 News.