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Nov 24, 2011 6:00 PM by Trovette Tottress

Community gives back in a big way

It's a day of giving and a day of thanks. Thousands in Colorado Springs came out to receive hot meals. It's something many of them wouldn't get without the help of soup kitchens around the city.

At the Marian House nearly 600 people got their Thanksgiving dinner.

"I get chills just thinking about it. There's so many folks out there who have no body and to be able to provide that to somebody is the most important thing", said Jim Benavidez.

Across town Fort Carson soldiers prepared meals for families at the Salvation Army. They spent last night preparing more than three hundred turkeys, twenty-five cases of stuffing, along with countess sides and deserts.

Major General Joe Anderson of Fort Carson says he's humbled by his soldiers dedication to help others. .

"For them to take time out of their busy schedule on one of the very few days they get off  and to come and give their time to the community and people in need is a pretty awesome accomplishment", said General Joe Anderson.

In Manitou Springs nearly 600 dinners were served. Those who came out enjoyed live entertainment, along with free caricatures, and free clothing.

"For our little small town, this is a major social function. There are a lot of poor people here that are homeless. But there are a lot of folks that just come for the company and to have a good time", said Bud Ford.

A good time they hope made someone's Thanksgiving a little more special.

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