Dozens of volunteers served at least 300 homeless men and women a special Thanksgiving meal in the auditorium at Webster Elementary in Malibu.
Eighteen turkeys and lots of Thanksgiving trimmings were served on Thursday as part of the Standing on Stone Community Outreach program (SOS), which offers a weekly free meal at the school.
The volunteers from Malibu Rotary, Our Lady of Malibu, Malibu Presbyterian Church and Pepperdine University prepared the meals and helped serve them.
"This is the largest turnout we've had. What I love is the interaction of students with members of the community," said Chris Bauman, a member of Malibu Rotary who has attended the Thanksgiving meal for several years.
Maggie Luckerath, who is also a member of Malibu Rotary, helped organize and serve meals in the kitchen.
"I think we had more people than we expected. They were feeding people outside. There wasn't room to be seated inside in the auditorium," Luckerath said. "We had a wonderful work crew that is here in the kitchen still cleaning up."
Lucy Nicolosi, a member of Malibu Presbyterian, said everyone contributed, giving special thanks to organizer Kay Glander.
"I think people were really feeling the love, feeling the joy. This time they were being served, they didn't wait in line. It was a great feeling," Nicolosi said.
One man, who wished to withhold his name, said he took the bus from his camp in the Pacific Palisades area to come to the meal, which he called "very good."
SOS Malibu also works with nearly all of Malibu’s homeless and runs the city's only emergency shelter. To date, the organization has helped 349 people transition off of Malibu's streets.