Reporter: Justin Schecker
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The Salvation Army's annual Christmas dinner at the Tucson Convention Center serves hundreds of families in need of a warm holiday meal.
After enduring a difficult month leading up to Christmas, Michael Wilson brought his family to the convention center. On the day after Thanksgiving, their trailer burned down.
"We lost everything," Wilson told 9 On Your Side.
Wilson's brother-in-law Charles Molen helped them find a new apartment.
"They've started over, they had to get money to get a home," Molen said. "And they're still trying to get money to finish paying for their rent."
During the interview with 9 On Your Side, a complete stranger handed the family a $100 bill to help pay their rent.
"People in the United States are giving and caring people," volunteer Melody Weber told Nine On Your Side. "And they love their neighbor and they stand up for their neighbor and help them, and the Salvation Army epitomizes that."
Weber filled the to-go boxes with stuffing for the 505 meals the Salvation Army delivered to people who couldn't make it to the convention center. Its her 12th time volunteering on Christmas Day.
"I think we have more volunteers," she said. "The need is greater."
But once again, the Tucson community steps up to feed the 3,500 guests on Christmas.
"We did get enough turkeys to feed here," the Salvation Army's Major Edward Markham said. "No problem and a lot of folks came through at the last minute."
As Wilson and his family sat down for their turkey dinner, he was just glad to spend the holiday with his loved ones.
"I just want to be thankful that we're all together having dinner," he said.