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In Paso Robles, hundreds receive a free meal and volunteer their time to serve

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Hundreds of folks sat down for a free Thanksgiving meal Thursday in Paso Robles, while others volunteered their time serving the food.

One meal after another was served during the 33rd annual Thanksgiving dinner, leaving the Paso Robles community satisfied.

"I felt kind of like being in a fine-dining place honestly,” said attendee Kate Wells.

Centennial Park was transformed into a restaurant for more than 500 people.

"Symbolizes like how much people there are in need and like how much you take for granted in life,” said Jay Norte, a volunteer.

The sit-down dinner was free, and those who attended said the service was exceptional.

But it isn't just about the free meal -- it's about the community coming together to make sure that everyone has someone this Thanksgiving.

"A lot of people don't have family, so I want to take that void and be their family,” said volunteer Ashley Loftin.

More than 250 volunteers donated their time to serve and help make the Thanksgiving dinner a continued tradition.

"It's just a feeling of warmth, it's feeling that you have done something good for somebody else other than yourself,” said Brian Stein, the chef of the Thanksgiving dinner.

Close to 1,000 meals were made, many served to-go and some were even delivered.

"It's just one of the ways that we give back, it's one of the ways that we can help the community,” said volunteer Harry Ovitt.

The entire event cost about $6,000 and was entirely funded through donations from the community.

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