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Union Mission Volunteers Feed More Than 700 Marion County Residents

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FAIRMONT -

Many families use Thanksgiving day to cook a big feast, catch up with relatives, and voice what they are thankful for.

Some people said they are thankful for family, while other say they are thankful for food.

There are many members of the Marion County community who may not be able to prepare that big holiday feast.

That's where places like the Union Mission in Fairmont step up, to make sure everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving.

The Union Mission is thankful for those who gave up time with their families to help it out on one of its biggest days of the year.

"I can't even put into words how grateful we are to those who have donated financially and have brought food in," said Volunteer Patty Batten. "They have come in and actually prepared the meal and now they're serving it."

The day begins with volunteers delivering hundreds of boxed Thanksgiving Dinners around Marion County.

This year, more than 700 meals went out the door.

"You're not only making those people feel good that you're helping, you're making yourself feel good," said Volunteer Trish Tulanowski. "How can you not go home happy with a smile on your face knowing you did something good?"

Seven hundred meals translates into 68 turkeys, six pounds of green beans, six pounds of sweet potatoes, and 50 boxes of stuffing.

"Before the day is over, by the time the people come in off the street its upwards of 800 meals that these lovely people prepare," Batten said.

The holiday season for the Union Mission is nowhere close to over.

Christmas is only a month away and staff said it expects that day to be a lot like Thanksgiving.