JACKSONVILLE -

Not everyone has a place to call home with a hot meal on the table this holiday season. Local organizations across Jacksonville spent the day giving to others, and those who were on the receiving end were thankful.

"Thankful that god allowed me to stay alive while I slept last night, allowed me to wake up this morning, while I'm going through this journey, allowing my family to remain safe," said Eric Roulette, who received a meal today from the Trinity Rescue Mission.

Jacksonville's homeless and those in need chose charities across the city to have their Thanksgiving meal. Mayor Alvin Brown joined people at the Clara White Mission Thursday morning for a Thanksgiving prayer.

“You know this is important, a way to not only say thank you but a way to give back to those who are the most vunerable, the voiceless, the homeless, those who are in despair and what better way to do this than on thanksgiving ," said Mayor Brown.

Aside from a hot meal the Trinity Rescue Mission offered free haircuts, blankets and a bounce house for kids. The Sulzbacher center worked to cook meals for hundreds of people Thursday.

"About 600 pounds of turkey, couple hundred pounds of cornbread dressing , 200 pounds of yams about 120 pounds of corn, green bean casserole I mean we’ve had a lot of food today ," said Sulzbacher Center's Kevin Nacke.