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COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI)- Hundreds of volunteers braved the cold temperatures Thanksgiving morning to make and deliver meals in Columbus.

Stokes-Beard Elementary School cafeteria was brimming with smiling faces ready to take meals across the “Friendly City.”

All the Thanksgiving trimmings were included with the meals.

Community leaders, churches and organizations all pitched-in to help.

Volunteers say it’s worth spending a little extra time Thanksgiving morning to help prepare a smile for someone else.

“To me, it’s a selfless act because all of us could be at home enjoying our own families. But, we know there is a need out there and we want to try to help as many people as we can,” said Annie Barry.

The Columbus Police Department and Salvation Army combined efforts this year and fed nearly 2,000 people.

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