(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

DENVER (CBS4) – Hundreds of volunteers tuned out to help serve Thanksgiving meals to the less fortunate.

Places like the Samaritan House and the Salvation Army offered free meals to the needy.

“The whole purpose of today is so that no one is alone, that somebody has the chance to come and just sit and have a good Thanksgiving meal with people,” said Lt. Col. Dan Starrett of the Salvation Army.

At the Salvation Army 950 pounds of turkey was served. Hundreds of volunteers lending a hand made the event possible.

It’s a family tradition for 11-year-old Austin Lupinette and his family.

“This is my fifth year. When you serve them they always want to talk to you. It’s just a great experience,” said Lupinette.

Olympic gold medalist and Denver native Missy Franklin pitched in at the Samaritan House.

“I came last year and absolutely loved it. This is my favorite holiday just because there’s so much love that goes around,” said Franklin.