KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- For many, Thanksgiving isn't just about chowing down with family and watching football; it's also a time to open your hearts to serve others.
Dedicated volunteers in the metro made sure that seniors and others who are homebound got a hot meal on Thanksgiving.
Outside a Kansas City Salvation Army center, Thanksgiving tunes filled the air, while inside scores of volunteers prepare and bag hot meals for a mission Pam Stepp can hardly wait to accomplish.
“It just brings us joy. They bring smiles to our faces and we hope we do the same,” Stepp told FOX 4.
For more than 20 years, Stepp`s late husband, Peter, volunteered for the Salvation Army. He was passionate about delivering Thanksgiving meals to seniors, the physically disabled or to anyone who was homebound on the holiday.
“We cherish what kind of person he was and love him and this is our way to honor him,” Stepp said.
With her grandchildren and a few friends, the keep her husband’s Thanksgiving tradition alive. She and her team trekked to a Kansas City apartment complex with a cart full of food for 18 seniors.
In addition to a turkey dinner, John Norman, who’s by himself this Thanksgiving, received a free book and lots of warm smiles from his new-found friends.
“They do a good thing and I really appreciate that,” Norman said.
More than 80 Salvation Army volunteers delivered the much-needed meals to nearly 600 people this Thanksgiving
“It’s kind of important to know that other people don`t have the opportunity of going to see their family and friends for Thanksgiving,” said volunteer Emma Bastien.
In one month the humble servants, who are full of heart and compassion, will be on the go again touching lives, sharing meals for Christmas.