SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - For three decades, the Salvation Army has been serving Thanksgiving meals to those in need.
This year, it looks a bit different.
"Just because we have masks and social distancing, their needs haven't changed," said volunteer Elena Misner.
Misner says she volunteers on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
"When I was starting out on my own, the Salvation Army helped me with classes, clothes, services," she said.
She says without that initial help, her life might look a lot different.
"When I got older I found this opportunity," Misner said. "I wanted to give back, so I gave back."
In 2020, giving back looks a little different.
For the past three decades, the Salvation Army has held large, family-style gatherings inside Golden Hall.
But a gathering of that size is not allowed under California and San Diego County COVID-19 guidelines.
So, a new idea.
"It's not inside at Golden Hall but outside with meals and kits to-go," said San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer who was volunteering with meal distribution.
Just because it looks a little different doesn't mean the traditional meal needs to change.
To-go kits included turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans or corn, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie.
"It's not just about a meal today, but some of the help and services and support represents the best of our city," Faulconer said.
On Thursday, the Salvation Army served meals at four different locations.