Thanksgiving is a time to spend with your family and friends, but for some it's a time to give back to those in need. Many people spent their Thanksgiving morning sleeping in or getting ready to visit relatives. But others woke up early and headed down to the Union Mission in Fairmont to give those less fortunate a nice Thanksgiving.
"We probably spend a month planning our own meal for our own families, but there are a lot of people that don't have that option or the opportunity to think about planning there own meal. Wherever this food is going, I hope a blessing goes with it," said Joni Retton, Volunteer.
The goal of the mission is to provide a warm Thanksgiving meal to those who wouldn't have one.
"You have the opportunity to bless somebody else by the giving of your time and your energy. Some of the drivers have already come back saying when they deliver that meal there are tear filled eyes that receive it," said Patti Batten, Volunteer.
Hundreds of volunteers spent all morning Thursday putting together delivery meals for those in the area and stuck around until noon to serve all those who walked in. The mission wound up giving away about 800 meals.
"I think this is a great opportunity to help people and I hope to continue doing it," said, Mimi Hartley, Volunteer.
While supplying those less fortunate with a Thanksgiving dinner was the main goal Thursday. They also had a spiritual healing session from Genesis West Virginia Rescue Ministry. This is an on-going healing process for anyone who needs help.
"It's a wonderful place to be. People really care about you here. I came here on my own volition. I wanted to come here. I knew that I had a problem. It's really about healing yourself from things you have down in the past and go back out into life and live life on lifes terms," said Thomas Oliver Casella, Group Member.
Thanksgiving is really a time for giving thanks and many folks shared what they were thankful for.
"I am thankful for so much," said Casella.
"Many, many friends and family and people to be thankful for. Of course, I have two wonderful dogs, so I'm very thankful," said Hartley.
Many people celebrate this holiday the day of, but others have to wait a little longer.
"I really wanted to come to mammas because they are really special to me. I'm going to clean the house and do chores. We are having Thanksgiving on Sunday," said Riley Mason, Barbour County Resident.
Folks in the Marion County community said they are grateful for all those who helped out at the Union Mission.
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