BUFFALO, N.Y. -- There are a lot of opportunities to volunteer on Thanksgiving around Western New York, and one of those is at Buffalo City Mission.
Between Wednesday and Thursday, 500 volunteers came through City Mission to help cook, prep, and pack meals.
Some of them got up 4:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving to make it all happen.
This is the 14th year that Meals on Wheels, Goodwill, and Western New Yorkers have collaborated with City Mission on Thanksgiving.
Executive Director Stuart Harper says it's able to happen because of the generosity of this community.
"It's a great opportunity for us to give back to the people that have less, and many times we'd be the only person that they may see today, so it's a blessing for us to be able to be with them," Harper said.
For Ralph Perillo, a volunteer of more than a decade, it's a family affair.