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Big crowds turn out for Salvation Army Thanksgiving dinner

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

Two hundred volunteers served up turkey, gravy, stuffing and mashed potatoes at the Kroc Center today for the Salvation Army's annual Thanksgiving dinner.

One of those workers was Grace Hilbing, who decided to volunteer for the first time this year, because she says she wanted others to enjoy Thanksgiving like she does.

"We wanted to make other people's Thanksgiving good too, to let it be filled with joy and happiness," said Grace Hilbing. 

Hilbing said volunteering is what Thanksgiving is all about.

"Thanksgiving is more important to give than receive, that's kind of like why we're out here too," said Hilbing.  

Linda Leathers knows all about helping others. Leathers has been volunteering at the event for the last seven years and says it is important for kids like Hilbing to be a part of such a big community event.

"I think it is a great opportunity to for kids especially to be able to see that contributing to other people is a part of life," said Linda Leathers.

Amanda Veile and her family were one of the families that came to eat dinner. Veile said her family have never gone to the dinner, but wanted to check it out.

"We wanted to get out and try something different as a family," said Veile.  

Veile said her family donates to the Salvation Army, so it was nice seeing her donations being put to good use in the community.

"It's kind of a neat way of coming back and seeing some of the good that is done," said Veile.  

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