Ottumwa Salvation Army feeds the community with annual Thanksgiving dinner

While many were enjoying their Thanksgiving dinner, volunteers at the Ottumwa Salvation Army took time away from their families and loved ones for a common goal: making sure the Ottumwa community was fed on this special day.

Volunteers traveled from as far as Fairfield and Oskaloosa to ensure that this huge endeavor of filling the bellies of hundreds ran as smoothly as possible.

"And we thank them so much because without them this would be a hard undertaking for us to do," said Salvation Army representative Karen Cooper.

And once again, the annual Thanksgiving dinner proved to be an overwhelming success with a very large turnout.

472 takeouts were served and an additional 150 people enjoyed meals in the dining hall.

During this special holiday, some guests in attendance shared what they were thankful for.

"I'm thankful for being alive and living in this community," said Ottumwa resident Robert McFarland. "And all the blessings put on me in the last 81 years. Life's been good to me."

By the end of the day, hunger was conquered and everyone enjoyed a happy Thanksgiving with the Ottumwa community.