Almost 200 volunteers spend the holiday giving back

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Some who live in the Tennessee Valley spent their Thanksgiving serving others at the Downtown Rescue Mission. More than 175 volunteers donated their time to make sure 500 of the needy had a hot meal.

It's not difficult for the people who call the mission home to explain what Thanksgiving means to them.

"Thanking God everyday. It's a day that we need to thank him for sending his son to die for our sins," said Aleta Stillwell.

Stillwell said she used to be a sinner. She credits the rescue mission for not only helping her get back on track, but her life.

"I wouldn't be alive probably. I am in their program. I am a recovering addict," Stillwell said.

"I'm thankful for a roof over my head. I'm thankful for god. I'm thankful for my kids," said Ashley Mixon.

Mixon told us her the mission is her safe haven. She said without it, she and her children wouldn't have access to running water and three meals a day. She's lived at this mission for a month. Just last week she secured a job to help her get back on her feet.

Mixon has a message for anyone who is struggling. "If you think this situation is bad, I say this ain't. I say God got a season for everybody," she said.