At work with Alison: serving others on Thanksgiving

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FAIRMONT, W.Va. (WDTV) - For many, Thanksgiving is a time for food, family, and relaxing on the couch. But for some, the holiday is about giving back.

Seven-year-old Addie Stewart served meals to patrons at The Soup Opera.

"We can sit at home and cook and eat all day, but someone else needs out help," said Pastor Regina Riley, a volunteer with Christian Love Ministries.

Since 1983, the Soup Opera in Fairmont has been serving meals to those in need seven days a week, 365 days a year.

"We know there are people who do this everyday, so we come down on Thanksgiving to give them a break," Pastor Riley said.

Workers made a feast of turkey, potatoes, pumpkin pie, and other traditional thanksgiving foods.

"The fact that we can be here to do that, I think it's one of the sweetest things you can do on a holiday," said Sister Allen, a missionary with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

All ages came to serve, including children.

"My mom and dad and me wanted to come serve food for the homeless people," said seven-year-old Addie Stewart.

Volunteers worked in shifts: cooking, serving and cleaning.

Patrons of the Soup Opera were appreciative for the hot meal and the kind hearts.

"It makes me feel good that there's a place for us to come sit down and eat," said Frank Britton, a patron at the Soup Opera who says although he's fallen on hard times, he's not letting that discourage him.

Despite their different circumstances, the volunteers and patrons could all find reasons to be thankful.

"I thankful for food and my family," Addie said.

"I'm thankful for another Thanksgiving, and being alive to walk around God's earth another time," said Britton.