KNOXVILLE (WATE) – More than 145 volunteers for the Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries turned out to give a hot Thanksgiving meal to those in need.
“Every day of the year KARM serves the homeless but today is a day they take a special time to set up the Chapel in kind of a restaurant setting,” KARM volunteer Elliott Barnett said. “It’s a chance for KARM to be the family for the homeless for the day.”
Volunteers loaded up plates with traditional Thanksgiving dishes including turkey, mashed potatoes and plenty of greens.
William Koontz has received help from KARM since losing his job due to medical issues.
“It’s a wonderful thing that the community does for people,” Koontz said. “KARM is helping me get back on my feet. The volunteers are 110 percent. They help anybody that asks and even the people that don’t ask.”
KARM didn’t only serve meals for people that stay with KARM. Volunteers served anyone in need of a hot meal.
There were twenty tables set up with two volunteers serving as hosts per table.
Volunteers of all ages came out including 17-year-old Justin Hill.
“Me personally I am blessed and just take your time for people that are not as fortunate as you just to help them out especially on Thanksgiving,” Hill said.