Around the city thousands gathered at several locations for a free turkey dinner put on by volunteers.

At the 26th annual Thanksgiving Meal at Sir Guy Carleton S.S, organizer Ed Mahfouz says 1100 meals were prepared for those in need.

For Angelica Hooper, it is an opportunity to share an otherwise unaffordable meal with loved ones.

“We’re low income and it’s nice to have a nice dinner that we can’t really afford to do at home,” she said.

There are several students and other returning volunteers who make the meal a success. Cooking the turkey for the dinner is Christopher Roy.

Roy has been working in the kitchen since this dinner began, and this year his family members joined him.

“I think it’s really cool that he does this,” said his granddaughter, Mikayla Perry. “I thought when I’m older, I want to come do this because he’s helping out others and I want to do that.”

Food for the event is donated by community members. There is also a free shuttle provided by Campeau Buslines and Roxborough Bus Lines.

Other thanks giving meals taking place this weekend in Ottawa include:

  • Dinner at the Salvation Army (171 George St.) on Sunday from noon until 5p.m.
  • Dinner at Shepherds of Good Hope (233 Murray St.)  Sunday from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Only serving adults 18 and over.
  • Dinners Unlimited, Christ Church Cathedral (414 Sparks St.)  Monday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There are dessert donations accepted at the cathedral any time after 9 a.m. on Monday.
  • The Ottawa Mission (35 Waller St.) on Monday from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.