LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. — As many people gathered around the table on Thanksgiving, some volunteers spent time away from their own families to make sure others could enjoy a holiday meal.
For more than 40 years, Meals on Wheels Lee's Summit has partnered with the Lee's Summit Medical Center. Food is prepared in the cafeteria and then picked up by volunteers to be delivered to those who can't get out or prepare their own meals.
On Thursday, volunteers prepared a special Thanksgiving meal with all of the fixings.
"We're able to give them a meal on Thanksgiving Day when they maybe would not have had a meal or seen anybody that day, too," said Susie Newsam with Meals on Wheels Lee's Summit.
Monday through Friday, the organization boxes up about 75 meals. On Thursday, volunteers delivered only 15 boxes. They said that's a good thing and means more people are sharing a meal and spending time with friends and family.
The Lee's Summit organization recently reached a milestone. Last week, volunteers delivered their 500,000 meal.