As our region celebrates Thanksgiving, people all over the region spent the day helping those in need by giving away free meals.

With prices soaring on everything from groceries to heating bills, thousands of people in our region need a little help this year, and volunteers here in Erie stepped up in a big way.

On Thursday morning, the sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania partnered with Gannon University to deliver 1,100 meals.

At the Erie Parking Authority Ramp, 80 volunteers came together to help others in the community.

This Thanksgiving marks the 34th year since the event began. The president of the Sisters' said feeding this many people is only possible through the generosity of others.

"It's wonderful the generosity of the people in the community who come out to help us with this," said Sister Mary Drexter. "It's not just the Sisters of St. Joseph. We couldn't do this without the love and generosity of so many people." 

It was a similar scene at Calamari's Squid Row. Mercyhurst Prep students and alumni served take-out meals to people in need.

Rachel Honard and her parent's started the tradition 13 years ago and are thrilled to see how it's grown.

"It's really great for the community because, you know everyone needs a hot meal, it's cold outside and it really gives them a sense of belonging, a sense of community," said Honard. "And it allows students to really give back too." 

Erie isn't the only generous community in our region. Restaurants in Waterford and Union City also served meals to those in need.