DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Thousands of homebound North Texans are unable to get out to see friends and family this Thanksgiving.  But their holiday will be made a little brighter thanks to the generosity of volunteers with Meals on Wheels.

Robert Carpenter, the president of the Visiting Nurses Association for Dallas County, says Meals on Wheels will feed roughly 3,700 people Thursday.  They will deliver those meals with the help of nearly 900 volunteers.

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Most of the volunteers Thursday are families who are using the experience as an alternative to their traditional holiday meals or as a ‘life lesson’ teaching moment as Carpenter called it.

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On an average Thursday the VNA would have about 500 more people to deliver to, so the need for volunteering is always great.

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If you would like to volunteer, especially during the Christmas season, Carpenter says you can call the VNA Volunteer Line at (214) 689-2210, or you can find out how and make donations at VNATexas.org.