MASON CITY, Iowa - Community Kitchen served up their annual Thanksgiving meal on Wednesday.
Rex Colling comes to community kitchen every day.
“This is such a blessing,” Colling said.
Colling says his wife passed away a few years ago and cooking isn't his expertise, so he visits the kitchen to get a healthy meal.
“It's a relief, a place to relax and to have a good meal,” Colling said.
From what it looked like he's not alone. Those with Community Kitchen says all year, they've seen their place fill up more than usual. On this day alone they served 250.
“I like helping people, I volunteer every year,” Dornell Hatch said.
Hatch is representing his workplace. He's volunteered for the past eight years.
“I feel like it's always good to help somebody else because you never know when you're going to need help any day,” Hatch said.
Hatch says he knows what it's like to struggle finding work so going to place like this may be a highlight of the day.
“I've been working at Cargill for almost eight years and before that I worked two jobs and before that I said if I found a good job I wouldn't leave it, period,” Hatch said.
For Colling while this turkey is a highlight, his many blessings trump it all.
Count your blessings, thank the generosity of our lord, and the generosity this community gives,” Coling said.
Albert Lea's Salvation Army started served their Thanksgiving meal Wednesday night at the Freeborn County Fairgrounds. They were expecting nearly 400 people to attend.
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