The Downtown Rescue Mission is serving about 1,500 meals this Thanksgiving.
They started serving meals on Wednesday, and they will continue to serve holiday meals through Sunday.
500 of those meals were served on Thursday and people who received those meals told WAAY 31 how thankful they were for a warm meal this holiday season.
"It's heartwarming to see everything that is here has been donated and it's just nice to see that the love is there," said Derek Wilson who received a free meal.
Wilson is spending his first Thanksgiving at the Downtown Rescue Mission, and he told me being away from family is tough during the holidays.
However, he isn't the only one at there without family this year.
"I've never been real fond of holidays because I don't have children, my families out of state so I'm actually alone so I just feel like I'm blessed that there is someone that cares enough that we can eat," said Denise Baggs who received a free meal.
Baggs is spending her second Thanksgiving there, and she said she's thankful for all the mission has done for her.
Baggs and Wilson are both in programs at the mission and they are working to get back on their feet.
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