Thanksgivings a time for friends and family, but for our military, it can be a lonely time away from home.
A Thanksgiving feast at the Masonic Temple worked to change that for those stationed here.
"A lot of them are single that don't have families in the area because we come from all over the country and this gives those airmen and those officers a great opportunity to come here and have a home cooked meal and a little bit of comradery," said Michael Garrou, Command Chief of the 90th Missile Wing.
This is the fourth year in a row that Glen Chavez, a local barbershop owner, has put on the military Thanksgiving meal.
From it's first year, when it drew only about 50 people to last year that saw approximately 4,000, Chavez says the support from the community has been tremendous.
"I talk to these airmen on a daily basis. I know what these holidays mean to them. It's a time of loneliness and it's a time for us to reflect and say thanks, giving. This is what the true meaning is, it really is," Chavez said.
Chavez and his volunteers weren't the only ones giving out free meals today.
The Salvation Army and Unity Baptist Church were also serving and delivering hot meals to those in need.
"We're still meeting a lot of great need for people, but this is definitely a community event. A little bit of everyone and I like doing this. It's a lot of fun," said Lt. Doug Hanson of the Salvation Army.
"It's such a relief and such a joy when we take this food to the hospital, what have you, and see the smile on people's faces. Besides, we're supposed to help each other and this is what's important to us. Help our fellow man," said Pastor Fitzhugh of Unity Baptist Church.