The Salvation Army feeds over 1,000 this Thanksgiving

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SARASOTA, Fla.- The challenge for most of us today is trying, and failing, not to eat too much more than we normally do.

Others enjoy a meal that seems like a luxury, because, for them, any food is hard to come by.

“You got to do what you got to do to survive. You know, it's not easy to be out there,” says Roger Garuti.

Roger Garuti and his wife lost their home and slept on the streets for nearly 2 weeks before getting a bed at the Salvation Army; and today, on thanksgiving, he tells me he could not be more grateful.

“I'm thankful for the meal, and I'm grateful for the people who serve it and give us a place to stay,” says Garuti.

Roger is one of more than 1,000 people who took part in the Salvation Army's Thanksgiving meal today, and 100 volunteers from all walks of life spent their holiday serving others.

“Today the Salvation Army has both volunteers and those who are in need, or those living with us, or those who aren't, who come together to experience a meal together. To me, this is about the truest Thanksgiving that you find,” says Major Ethan Frizzell, the area commander of the Salvation Army in North Sarasota County.

Matthew Gordon is one of the many recovering addicts who come and stay at the Salvation Army.

“I was sick and tired of being sick and tired, you know, and this place has definitely given me a new outlook on life,” says Gordon.

He's been living at the Salvation Army for 3 weeks now, and says because of tough love and God's grace he has hope for a brighter future.

“They call this place the 'center of hope' for a reason; definitely gives you the hope you need to make that step in your life to change,” says Gordon

Overall, this Thanksgiving meal has given them a great sense of thankfulness and a new hope for the future.