Thursday was her eighth year volunteering at the Thanksgiving Dinner.
"It's always nice", she said.
Lunch was started by people saying what they were thankful for, then they had a traditional Thanksgiving meal of turkey, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes and stuffing.
"That was one of the requirements", Guza said in agreement.
"I remember having a conversation with an older woman a few years ago and she broke down in tears and she said she didn't know where she would go if this wasn't here", Beilke said.
While Thanksgiving attracts the largest group of volunteers each year, Ackerman said a loyal group of residents take time every weekday to deliver meals to more than 50 people in Madison County. She didn't say why this Thanksgiving was different, but nobody from Holy Trinity was asking.
She said it's been a stressful month - both of their cars broke down, and bills began to pile up - but standing in line on Thursday, she said all you can do is press onward.
Jewell has helped with the Thanksgiving dinner since 1989 and only missed two or three dinners to spend time with family out of town.
"We are helping people that really don't get help throughout the rest of the year".
"We're together, and we're not sleeping in a auto no more", she said.
But while the food was delicious, it was the friendly atmosphere that people noticed the most.
Myron Johnson, president of the Community Thanksgiving Dinner Foundation, said a grand total of 2,550 meals were served on Thursday. "Music brings people together". "But I'm also a believer that there comes a time when you've got to step aside and let other people step up and do their thing".
As the dinner has grown in popularity, Stewart said First Presbyterian needed help with meal preparation because of a lack of space.
"Thanksgiving is about food and family", she said before gesturing to Gelonda Wilson next to her.
This year, more than 70 meals were delivered, which is a far cry from the first year when a single take-out meal was requested. "With the community's help, we can make their Christmas wishes come true".
"I enjoy it", he said. She said it's all made possible thanks to almost 300 volunteers, including Tony McCluney, who has been volunteering since 1999. "Everything falls into place because we're doing it for God and the people in our community".