MORGAN MILL (CBSDFW.COM) - Students and teachers at Morgan Mill ISD are saying thank you by serving a free Thanksgiving meal six days early.
The dinner is free and open to the public, with the meal beginning at 11 a.m. and lasting until 1 p.m.
The annual thanksgiving feast is a lesson in gratitude.
"We wouldn't be able to do it without the teachers and the staff," acknowledged MMISD Superintendent Wendy Sanders.
The school even sent a bus to pick up around 40 soldiers from Fort Hood.
Students greeted the men and women in uniform with high-fives. Inside, the entire gym cheered, welcoming soldiers with hearts grateful for their service.
"It's been at least 2 years. It means a lot. The love, support, and care from everyone in Texas," said Spc. Joshua Williams.
Hundreds of hungry guests lined up in droves weren't far behind, as students served up smiles and a home cooked-meal.
"We started preparing last Friday," says Superintendent Sanders. "Actually, I started in July getting donations."
It took more than $2,000 in donations to pay for the feast of 44 turkeys and 45 pans of dressing.
Plates stacked high with memories, and a taste of home for some.
"It makes me miss my family because this is what I'd be doing if I were at home this holiday," said Pfc. Ashley Coen.
The event is hosted entirely with the faculty and staff in the role of chefs and doing all the cooking. Younger students help with decorations, create tokens for the soldiers and all of the kids participate in the paper turkey contest. The middle school students also contribute by helping with the setup, serving and cleanup.
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