It was turkey and all the trimmings on West 5th Street.
Volunteers served, people ate and they all gave thanks.
Salvation Army Corp Maj. Steve Ball welcomed diners with a blessing and invited them to "stay as long as they liked and to enjoy the fellowship."
He estimated the Corps would serve about 200 meals during the annual Thanksgiving event.
With the economic downturn of recent years, Ball said the need is greater as more people lose homes and fall on hard times.
He's seen a 15 to 20 percent drop in donations of food items they rely on day to day.
About 100 volunteers helped - more than was even needed. Some simply dropped by to help.
It's not just Thanksgiving when the Corps could use the help, it's year around, said Maj. Nancy Ball.
Chelisama Fishback, with daughter Skylee Fishback, age 2, enjoyed a free meal.
When asked what it meant to her, she blurted, "Are you kidding me? We practically have nothing, being new in a place like this."
Yolanda Williams of Highland, dining with her daughter Brieann Tates, 7, said, "We have family we can visit, but I'd rather come here."
Williams stayed at The Salvation Army shelter for two months in 2010, but now has a job, a car and is working to complete her bachelor's degree online.
"I feel like this is more my family than my family," she said.