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Volunteers fill Thanksgiving meal boxes for needy families

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Hundreds of volunteers helped stuff boxes full of food at the Downtown Rescue Mission in Huntsville. Hundreds of volunteers helped stuff boxes full of food at the Downtown Rescue Mission in Huntsville.
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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Hundreds of volunteers are helping to put Thanksgiving dinner on the tables of those in need this year.

At least 300 volunteers came out to help with the effort at the Downtown Rescue Mission, where they filled 900 boxes with food items for area families.  

"At any given time, you could be the one in a situation where you have nothing to eat. Why not just give two hours of your night to insure someone is being fed," said volunteer Senora Mack.

The volunteers filled the boxes with foods like cranberry sauce, stuffing, sweet potatoes, and bread - all staples of a traditional holiday meal that will make it to the dinner tables of hundreds of area families who cannot afford one this year.

"A lot of people are going through hard times right now and the economy is tough, so just the fact that I know I have helped put food in a family's mouth this Thanksgiving is wonderful," said Mack.

While the volunteers won't get the chance to meet those they are helping, they know these boxes will go a long way.

The boxes along with frozen turkeys, will be passed out to families in need Monday and Tuesday at the Downtown Rescue Mission at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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