The Tyler Salvation Army served its annual community Thanksgiving meal with help of more than 200 volunteers Thursday.

For some it’s the first time they volunteered for the event, putting aside their own family traditions.

“Right now just to be here helping any way that we can is how we want to spend our Thanksgiving holiday,” Nancy Sonntag, volunteer, said.

Sonntag volunteered along with her daughter and grandson.

“I’m just glad to be here with my mom and with my son,” Lee Mata, Sonntag’s daughter, said.

According to the Salvation Army, they expect to serve up to 1,500 meals on the holiday.

“Our numbers in Tyler have increased we're serving almost 20,000 meals every month out of our dining hall,” Nicole Parker, captain at Tyler Salvation Army, said.

The Thanksgiving meal included turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and dessert.

While the volunteers served food, guest enjoyed a 5-piece musical group from East Texas.

“Listening to the music, visiting with everybody and just having a good day and worshipping the Lord,” Vickie Moore, enjoyed a meal, said.

For many taking part in the Salvation Army’s Thanksgiving festivities it was a meal not taken for granted.

"I'm thankful for this, I don't know where I would be if they didn't' have this,” Moore said.