Knights of Columbus serve Thanksgiving meal to 1,800 in need

The Knights of Columbus served up onver 1,800 meals. (Photo: WJLA)

The nearly 1,800 people who were the recipients of a Thanksgiving meal from the Knights of Columbus may not know each other, but for today, they're family.

This is the 27th year that the Knights of Columbus in Arlington have put the giving in Thanksgiving, and for the past several days, the group has been preparing meals for those who may have gone without.

There are people who don't have families and don't have food or any of that, and this is my way of helping," volunteer Marijo Galvin says.

About 200 cooks, carvers and servers came together to create the largest Thanksgiving celebration in Northern Virginia, along with several drivers who brought meals to people who could not leave their homes.

"It's not just people who need a meal," volunteer Bob Dannemiller says. "Some people are lonely and need the company on Thanksgiving. It's a family day, so this place becomes their family on this day."