SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Despite hard times shrinking people’s budgets, the Old Hill Neighborhood and the Mason Square community gave away holiday meals Monday.

The Old Hill Neighborhood Council made certain there’s a Thanksgiving dinner for every family in need. “We are in the need, the community is in the need of having food, the prices being what they are. So the neighborhood council board is suppling the neighborhood with turkeys and all the fixings during this holiday period,” said President of the council Barbara Gresham.

Monday’s event marked the beginning of the meal pick-ups by hundreds of neighborhood families, with support from local lawmakers.

“We realize there’s a lot of suffering, there’s a lot of tragedies. There’s just a lot of, what we hope that we achieve is to make someone’s life a little better,” said State Rep. Bud Williams.

“This is an event where we really show people that we really do care and that there’s people around these area who really do want to help people out there,” said Springfield City Councilor Malo Brown.

It’s truly been a community effort to get this food into the hands of those who so desperately need the Thanksgiving dinner. Some stopped by to pick up a meal for a neighbor who just couldn’t get there themselves.

“I’m trying to help out another family that’s in need. They don’t have transportation, So I thought I would eliminate the middle man, I would bring it to them,” said Rodney Mayfield of Springfield.

It’s the way things are done in this Springfield neighborhood, as we all prepare to give thanks on that very special day later this week.