After months of preparation Siloam Mission's dished up its annual Thanksgiving dinner to more than 900 people Monday.
An army of volunteers helped prepare 125 turkeys, 400 pounds of potatoes, 120 pounds of coleslaw and 125 pumpkin pies.
Freddy Boshkaykin brought his family to dinner at Siloam Mission.
"He gets to taste that big bird," said Boshkaykin said about his 13-month-old son.
To Boshkaykin coming to the shelter is a chance to have a special dinner and be grateful for what he has.
"I'm thankful for my family I thank God every day for it," he said. "It's [not] too many people that have that. I'm one of the lucky ones I guess."
Judy Richichi said last year the shelter served 800 meals to those less fortunate in the city.
This year Richichi said the shelter expected even more people, because overall, more people are coming to the shelter on a daily basis.
"We're preparing for a thousand," she said. "And if there's any leftovers, we'll make turkey sandwiches and turkey soup and turkey stew. So nothing will go to waste."
Floyd Perras, Siloam Mission's executive director, said Thanks giving is the shelter's busiest day of the year.
"Most would think that Christmas eve would be, but actually alot of peolpe end up going home for the holidays at that point," said Perras. "At Thanksgiving people tend to come our direction."
Potato-masher extraordinaire and regular volunteer, Don Cockrell, said this day is like no other.
"Family. That's all that matters," said Cockrell. "And that's what it will be, I hope, for the people that are here."
Clarinda Williams and her sister Julie McGinnis said it's not often they can sit down as family together, that's why this meal is special for them.
"A lot of us can't afford with the rent and everything is so high," said McGinnis. "At least we know we can get a good meal here and everybody's happy and well treated."