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Thanksgiving dinner at the Mission in Pasco

PASCO, Wash. - Homelessness affects thousands of people in the state of Washington and it is a problem that local groups are trying to combat.

The Union Gospel Mission, a homeless shelter in Pasco, served a Thanksgiving Day feast to more than 100 people. 

The Mission has been working on the massive Thanksgiving feast all week and prepared enough food for 300 people.  The turkey, string beans, mashed potatoes and much more were served at two this afternoon.

The Mission has been in operation for over 50 years.  People from the community volunteered at the dinner.

Workers said the feast is an annual event that brings the community together

Mission worker Jerry Jones said the dinner gives people, "a sense of joy, for those people that didn't have anyone to spend this holiday with they have a huge family they can come and visit here."

Jones said sometimes they get so many volunteers they have to turn people away.