MILWAUKEE -- For members of Faithful Mission Pentecostal Church of Holiness, they are preparing two Thanksgiving meals today. But they say all that time in the kitchen is more than worth it. The group is serving the community with a meal they've been preparing for since October, and paid for out of their own pockets.
It's all here: the ham, the turkey, the mashed potatoes and gravy -- and there's no shortage of food. The same goes for the amount of volunteers ready to serve it up.
"It's a good feeling, it's a great feeling and just to be a help you know," said Emma Leflore, volunteer.
For some, it's become part of their holiday traditions.
"We wanted to make sure that the people in the neighborhood have food, have company before we can sit down and go to our family and eat," said Lula Sims, volunteer.
"I think it's a blessing," said Aliz-e Harrison, lives in Milwaukee.
Aliz-e Harrison and her mom aren't strangers to culinary talents in the congregation, they've been to the community breakfast at Faithful Mission Pentecostal Church of Holiness before.
"It's good because some people aren't as fortunate to go to the store and buy breakfast and they're doing it for free here so that's a blessing," said Harrison.
But it's their first time celebrating Thanksgiving at the church, and even at just 13-years-old, Harrison says she can feel something different in the room.
"I can feel it's a change in the world instead of a negative attitude, it's positive," said Harrison.
And as she looks around at the others celebrating and sharing the day together, she says it makes her thankful.
"I'm thankful for mama, the community, my family and every breath I take," Harrison said.
The group is also packing up to-go trays to take to people in the community who can't make it out. Last year, they served about three dozen people -- they expect to serve more this year.