Volunteers feed the hungry a traditional Thanksgiving meal in South Florida

Posted at 6:12 PM, Nov 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-25 06:45:56-05

Dedicated volunteers stepped up again this holiday to make sure everyone enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving meal.

For the sixth year, Boca Helping Hands served all the fixings to dozens of people with nowhere else to eat.

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Organizers said making the day special for children is what motivates them.

“You see the kids and, in many of their minds, this is a restaurant. You see that smile, we have music playing, our volunteer are all upbeat. That’s what makes it all worthwhile,” explained Executive Director James Gavrilos.

Boca Helping Hands partnered with the Boca Raton Resort and Club to distribute 750 meals in West Boca Raton Thursday morning.

“There is a lot of hunger and poverty in Boca Raton that we don’t talk about a lot. But there is an incredible community that gathers together. Our board, our volunteers and the staff at Boca Helping Hands comes here every day to say how can we make a difference,” added Gavrilos.

Across town, Ruth and Norman Rales Jewish Family Services fed about 700 people who would have nowhere else to go Thursday. The group buses in seniors from area 55+ communities for the annual banquet.

And in Delray Beach, the Straghn family and volunteers continued a 30+ year tradition. They distributed about 1,300 meals to the homeless and homebound.