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Lolo Family Volunteers at Poverello Center for Thanksgiving

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One local family spent the morning helping out in the kitchen at Missoula's homeless shelter, as a way to give back to their community on Thanksgiving.

Every year, Poverello Center staff and volunteers cook up a Thanksgiving feast for those in need.

"It's an eye-opening for us and we're happy to be here," said Brian Burns.

Burns and his wife, Mindi, their sons Jack and Will and one of Will's friends drove in to the Poverello Center from Lolo early Thursday morning.

"Instead of sitting around watching football this morning, we thought it'd be a good time to come in here and help out," Burns said.

Burns said at first -- he and his wife weren't sure how the kids would feel about spending their holiday washing dishes.

"They seem to be enjoying it, and hopefully they understand how they're helping out," he said.

"Our whole family kind of wanted to go," said Will Burns, 11.

Will said it makes him feel good lending a hand in the kitchen.

"We have stuff to eat, and that wouldn't really be fair to people that don't have food," Will said.

"I think it's important to help those that may be a little less fortunate than us have a good Thanksgiving," said 11-year-old Ella Spinder, who lives next-door to the Burns' and joined them Thursday morning.

"It makes me feel very lucky that I'm fortunate and I have the food I need and everything I need and I get to help people who don't," she said.

Burns said this was the first time his family has volunteered on the holiday, but he says he hopes to make it a yearly tradition with his kids.

"Maybe as they grow older, their families will do the same thing."

The Poverello Center provided shelter for a record-breaking 113 people just a few nights ago, despite only having 67 beds.

If you'd like to volunteer at the shelter, or to make a donation, click here.

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