For Thanksgiving, people throughout Acadiana gave thanks by giving back.
In Opelousas, a group of volunteers helped spread some joy to those who need it this Thanksgiving.
It isn't all about the turkey or the potatoes, for the St. Landry Thanksgiving Committee the holiday is about giving time and giving thanks.
"Some have nowhere to go and no turkey on their table so the little time it's taking me to be here it's helping me mentally and spiritually," says volunteer Patricia Fontenot.
"I remember being where they are and it just brings a great joy just to be here doing it for them as well," says Gaile Johnson, another volunteer.
The committee put together a Thanksgiving dinner for hundreds of people who otherwise would have no place to go.
"It's all about love and being thankful and not just today because everyday is a day of Thanksgiving for me and so many others, the atmosphere is awesome," says Fontenot.
And in the spirit of the holiday season even the "jolly old elf" helped spread some cheer.
"Happy Thanksgiving and happy holidays to all!" says Santa Claus.