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Local nonprofits prepare to feed hundreds Thanksgiving Day

(KOKH/Anthony West)

‘Tis the season for giving and there's no better time to start than right now.

The holidays are in full force across the metro, with several organizations gearing up for Thanksgiving tomorrow. Fresh food and friendly faces are a guarantee at Jesus House in Oklahoma City.

"We've been doing this for quite a while,” said Mike Bateman, executive director. "We have our normal people that come through; you know, the homeless, low-income families that rely on Jesus House. But we also see others that are in need as well."

That need becomes magnified during the holidays, according to Bateman. Not only are people looking for a hot meal, but a sense of belonging

"Just to know that they're loved and cared about, and there's a place like this and other organizations at this time that do this. Because we just want to give back to a community that really needs it,” Bateman told FOX 25.

One of those organizations is the Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma. Staff and volunteers spend up to a week in advance preparing a complete Thanksgiving meal.

"500 pounds of the most wonderful turkey you've ever seen, and 20 gallons of dressing,” said Major Thomas McWilliams. “And then everything else you can think of that would go with Thanksgiving."

And like Jesus House, McWilliams says they too believe the holiday is a time best spent offering hope to the hopeless.

"We want to have an opportunity for them to come at a season of family and friends to feel like they're family and friend, and walk out with some hope,” he said.

Here's who's offering free meals in the metro area on Thanksgiving Day.

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