With the Thanksgiving Holiday right around the corner, many people here in Charlottesville are giving thanks in different ways.
A group of people in our community are taking a hands on approach to ensuring others have a memorable holiday season. They call themselves the Hand-on-Hand Christian Ministry and they are made up of five local churches in Charlottesville.
"The churches kind of come together and not just money and time, but they gather other people in the community to help out. so this is a pretty big event you have here," said Angel Gonzalez, a pastor at one of the participating churches.
The churches started this ministry to reach out to the less fortunate. On Saturday, over 200 and 40 people joined with them in a pre-Thanksgiving celebration.
Gonzalez, "The whole idea behind the group of churches that are doing this is to help out our community. there are a lot of people in our community that need help. they're our neighbors, they're miles away from us. we all have been blessed with so much, we just want to give back."
Giving back was a big part of their message. Some volunteers we talked to say they learned personal messages as well. One of them was church volunteer Josette Anderson.
"Today was just an eye opener. It helped me to see that there are people who are a lot less fortunate than I. And just to be more appreciative of what I have and to help out," said Anderson.