HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — Rose of Sharon is a soup kitchen in North Huntsville that provides assistance and spiritual guidance to the community.
Volunteers have prepared for weeks to feed almost two hundred people on Thanksgiving morning at the soup kitchen.
"This is the best day of the year for us because this is the day we welcome all of our families, in every class, in any situation in their lives, we welcome them to come and eat dinner and be apart of a family," CEO Theresa Wilson said.
Chef Tony Smith says he showed up at 4 a.m. to start cooking. Smith makes turkey with all of the fixings, so that the community could enjoy a day full of fellowship and love.
Even the volunteers were excited to spend their holiday serving others.
"It's been great. Leading up until now, the preparation, it was all God-given," Volunteer Christopher Williams said. "We pour our hearts out into this place, and its been amazing."
This is a tradition that the Rose of Sharon has celebrated for a several years, and Wilson says there is no place she'd rather be.
"This family means everything to me," Wilson said. "There is no place I'd rather be than at the Rose of Sharon soup kitchen today. These people I've been with for twelve years now, and I just absolutely adore them and they're my family."