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The unsung heroes of Thanksgiving: Why volunteers spent the day giving back

The unsung heroes of Thanksgiving: Why volunteers spent the day giving back (Madeline Montgomery/WPDE)

Not everyone has a restful holiday. The volunteers at Shepherd's Table and Well by the Sea Church spent days preparing for Thanksgiving.

"Make mashed potatoes, make gravy, make green beans, make corn, stuffing," said Joe Brieker, who volunteers for The Shepherd's Table.

"Everybody made a dish and brought it and we had purchased nine turkeys to cook," said Joe Lucas, a member at Well by the Sea.

These volunteers worked to make sure everyone in the community had a place to eat.

"There's a lot of people in our congregation and also in our surrounding community that really didn't have anywhere to spend Thanksgiving and we all have a tremendous amount to be thankful for, but the greatest gift of all is each other," said Lucas.

Why do they do it?

"I don't know, I just love this place," said Brieker.

The part they are most thankful for?

"The best part of the day is everybody enjoying themselves, fellow-shipping together, and it's a good thing," said Lucas.

"When I see somebody sitting out there, see a patron out there enjoying a meal and being served with dignity, it's why I'm here. It's why we're all here," said Brieker.

The Shepherd's Table regularly serves meals to those in need. If you are interested in volunteering, you can reach out to them on their Facebook page.

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