Volunteers serve 1,500 Thanksgiving dinners at inn

Posted: 11/22/12 at 4:35 pm EST      Last Updated: 11/22/12 at 5:09 pm EST

BOSTON (WHDH) -- Volunteers at The Pine Street Inn woke up at 3 a.m. to prepare Thanksgiving dinners for hundreds of people.

They served more than 1,500 Thanksgiving dinners Thursday.

“It's all about family and it's hard to be alone on a day like today,” Barbara Trevisan, spokesperson Pine Street Inn.

More than 200 volunteers sliced, diced and dished out 67 turkeys, 383 pounds of stuffing, 533 pounds of mashed potatoes -- along with other fixings.

“It's so much fun. Everybody's here having a good time. They're enjoying themselves,” said Frank Vanoverbeeke, executive chef.

For volunteer Jack O’Brien, this year marks his 30th year helping out.

“What I see is the guests coming in, really enjoying their meals. We like to serve the guests instead of guests coming up like it's cafeteria style. We wait on them like it's a restaurant,” said Jack O’Brien, volunteer.

In keeping with tradition, the Bruins front office delivered more than 200 pies and cookies.

“It was a good way to start the morning to get everyone out there,

see the smiles. Blades brings a smile to everyone's face,” said Amy Latimer, President TD Garden.

Senator Scott Brown was there to carve the bird, but one familiar face was missing.

For the first time in many years, Boston Mayor Tom Menino -- who has been hospitalized -- wasn't there.

“We're really going to miss him. He comes, usually with his grandson, carves the turkey, visits with the guests. He's a great presence to have around here. We hope he's doing better and that he'll be with us next year,” said Trevisan.

For first-time guests, like Jerome Ware, they were just happy to have a place to spend the holidays.

“We're having one of the greatest times of the year. A lot of us won't be able to spend time with our family,” said Jerome Ware.

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