PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Volunteers in Westmoreland County donated their time and money to help people in need this holiday season.

It’s a holiday tradition, led by the Mount Pleasant National Guard.

Today was a busy day at the Mount Pleasant National Guard Armory. Volunteers worked together to cook some 300 meals for low-income residents in the Connellsville, Scottdale, and Mount Pleasant areas.

Those who live nearby were invited to the armory for a Thanksgiving dinner.

As for those who can’t make, Staff Sergeant Josh Litey says the guard has them covered, too.

“We do patrols out to the community to help with the family members that are less-fortunate. Can’t really afford to purchase their meals on their own, or have a good Thanksgiving with their friends and family,” Litey says.

It’s the 24th year that the First Battalion, 110th Infantry has delivered the home-cooked meals.

Volunteers include Boy Scouts, local church members and others who just keep coming back, year after year.

“My husband and I started coming with my brother-in-law 15 years ago, and just keep coming back. As hard as the work is, we keep coming back,” Susan Sapura said.

The free meals were delivered to residents who live in a 20-mile radius.

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