Salvation Army volunteers spent Thursday packing up hundreds of Thanksgiving meals and delivering them to people in need in the Tennessee Valley. The organization has been serving meals for decades.

Close to 500 Thanksgiving meals went to the less fortunate and those who don't have family in the area. Volunteers happily delivered them with a smile.

Boxes were filled with all the thanksgiving necessities including turkey, green beans, mashed potatoes, stuffing, a roll and cranberry sauce. A piece of pie was included too.

"My grandkids moved away and I wanted to take this chance to give back, spend it with those who need it way more than I do," Chichita Michel, a Salvation Army volunteer said.

Chichita Michel volunteered for the first time. More than 50 people like Michel gave their time so others could enjoy the holiday.

"Just makes it a lot more fun when everybody's happy and cheering and singing," Tawana Stanphill, another volunteer said.

11-year-old Paige Shartle delivered one of those special meals to Robert Clark.

"This is great. Thank you. I really appreciate that. Everything counts around this time of the year," Robert Clark who received one of the Thanksgiving meals said.

Clark and Paige's family had never met before Thanksgiving day. This is her third year volunteering and she said it's always rewarding.

"Just, you know, happy that I can do something to help him to make his thanksgiving day better," Shartle said.

An experience that's different every year with each new face she meets.

"This is a blessing. This is a blessing. I really appreciate this," Clark said.

The Salvation Army has other opportunities for you to get involved this holiday season.