HOUSTON, Texas (FOX 26) - For the last 38 years the Thanksgiving Super Feast has been held at the George R. Brown Convention Center.
As guests lined up to get their plates, Mayor Sylvestor Turner and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee helped serve hot food.
"It's a wonderful smile that just fills your soul, they are saying thank you and I'm saying thank you to them, like Happy Thanksgiving", says Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.
"We have all the fine buildings and you can have vary smooth roads, but there are a lot of people that are in need and this is one of those days where we are meeting those needs, at least in a very small way, but a meaningful way", says Mayor Turner.
The group were just a few of hundreds that help out during the annual feast.
"God has allowed me to have the things I have so to be able to give back is a blessing", says Eric Burton who volunteered for the first time this year.
The Mayor’s daughter Ashley Turner says, "people in different lines come over just to say thank you and they are just so appreciative that we're here so and so that's why i think it's so important just to take a few moments out of your day and to come and serve".
Of course guests could get all the fixings. "Well turkey, ham and bread", says Julie Villagomez who was attending with her family.
Kids could have fun in a jump house, a full band filled the center with music, all creating a festive feeling for those spending time with their families.
So we asked folks what they were thankful for…
"My mom and my family", says Allen Sanalen.
"I'm thankful that the Lord has blessed me to be here to enjoy this Thanksgiving here at the convention center". Says another man attending Simon Cavazos.
Ashley Turner says giving back with her dad was…"of course you know he's the cherry on top".
If you missed the Thanksgiving Super Feast there will be a Christmas Eve Feast at the center next month.