COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - Families across southwest Florida are preparing for Thursday's Thanksgiving dinner. And Tuesday, St. Matthew's House handed out food to make sure everyone can sit down to a family meal.
91-year-old Rita Chartier said this Thanksgiving she's thankful for St. Matthew's House.
"To help so many people out that's a good feeling," said Chartier.
Chartier was one of the first in line to pick up her turkey and all the fixings. She's just one of 432 that signed up for free Thanksgiving meal through the charity.
"You know that people are going to be happy for Thanksgiving because they're not going to be sitting to one side and worrying where there next meal is going to be coming from," said Chartier.
Local businesses and residents donated all of these meals.
"Just a lot of partners came together to bless a lot of families," said Vann Ellison, President and CEO of St. Matthew's House.
This year, the organization expects to set a new record.
"Should be just a little over last year which was a little over 900," said Ellison.
The charity also handed out food in Bonita Springs and Immokalee. They will also serve Thanksgiving on Thursday at the shelter.