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Hundreds gather for 9th Annual Organic Soup Kitchen Thanksgiving Community Dinner

"It's great to be a part of the community."

Hundreds gather for 9th Annual...

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Turkey and all the fixings may be on the main menu but ingredients like gratitude, friendship and selflessness were also being served up hot and fresh in Santa Barbara.

The 9th Annual Organic Soup Kitchen's Thanksgiving Community Dinner fed hundreds of people who perhaps would have had to go without this holiday.

For Finley Jacobs, volunteering comes with a side of what she calls "warm and fuzzy."

Like many at the Thanksgiving Community Dinner at Veterans Memorial Center, it's about the camaraderie.

"I see people I know and the food's delicious and it's great to be a part of the community," said Jacobs, who has been volunteering every Thanksgiving for the past three years. 

Speaking of that delicious food, over one hundred volunteers slaved over a hot stove all week and served up 90 lbs of turkey.

"To me, food is love and it means sharing that love with as many people as I can," said Cheryl Giefer.

A longtime volunteer, Giefer calls herself the "Chief of Creative Cookery." 

"For today I'd like to imagine if I could we're changing their lives but for today, their lives are fulfilled," said Giefer.

Impacting folks like Tommie Gordon who's been connecting with other vets at the event for the past seven years.

"Sometimes its about the war here on the streets because the majority of the guys here are really struggling, they're suffering but they're surviving.  Basically you could say they're still standing," said Gordon, who's been attending the Thanksgiving meal for the past seven years.

With full plates, full stomachs and full hearts, it was a family affair for Hollywood legend Christopher Lloyd, who jumped at the chance to make a difference.  Volunteering alongside his wife and son, the actor says the other volunteers and patrons are now like an extended family.

"This Thanksgiving means more to me than most," said Lloyd.  "How can you say no, I'll have my meal you know but they don't always get theirs," he said. 

The soup kitchen's executive director estimates that at least 500-600 people were fed today.


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