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Marion County Community Aims To Make Thanksgiving Special For Everyone

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FAIRMONT -

The Union Mission in Fairmont serves more than 800 Thanksgiving Dinners to the needy every year.

Some people believe volunteering shows the true meaning to the word Thanksgiving.

"I believe that Thanksgiving is not just for sitting down and having the Thanksgiving turkey and filling yourself to overflowing," said Lorraine Stanley, Bronx, NY. "It's a time to truly reflect and be thankful for not just what you have, but what you can do for someone else."

Dozens of people took time away from their families on Thanksgiving Day to give back those who are less fortunate.

"If I was in a position like this, I would want somebody to do it for me," said Baron Ford, Marion County resident.

Lorraine Stanley traveled all the from New York City to spend time with her family and give back to others.

"Giving is not just because of Thanksgiving but giving because of who we are as a people and a nation," she said.

It's a time where people can come together as one to make Thanksgiving for those who are less fortunate just as special.

"It's about the idea that everyone can be together whether you know that person or not. Whether you come from the same background, socioeconomic backgrounds, whatever the case may be. You just have a moment where you're united," said Franklyn Stanley, Morgantown resident.

That's why the Union Mission does what it does.

"There's an expression of gratitude," said George Batten, Union Mission Director. "It's interesting, even the volunteers are grateful for the opportunity to serve. So the people coming in see that, and they are grateful to have a warm place to sit down and have a meal they wouldn't otherwise have."

Preparation for Thanksgiving Day begins weeks ahead of time.

"We started with 65 turkeys and we had to have 66 gallons of beans and 66 gallons of sweet potatoes and that doesn't even include the cranberry sauce," Batten said.

It's a lot of hard work, but volunteers said every second was worth it.

"I may not necessarily be cooking but if I can hand somebody a tray or fill a box, it's the same. I just look forward to doing that," Lorraine Stanley said.

The Union Mission said it has already started preparing for its Christmas Dinner and expects to feed more than 600 people.