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Interreligious organization, volunteers help give thanks

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Thanksgiving isn't until Thursday, but hundreds are already getting together to give thanks and celebrate the holiday. There's a common theme of coming together as a community regardless of religious or economic lines.

It's not often 40-year-old Glen Humper can sit down to live music with a feast in front of him.

"I stay on the street. I live on the street," Humper said.

Even so, he said he has a lot to be thankful for.

"I'm thankful that I'm alive and that there's people who care," Humper said.

More than 150 people served turkey and all the trimmings at the Great Thanksgiving Banquet for the less fortunate in East Austin.

When it comes to giving thanks there's no distinction between different economic backgrounds or different religions.

More than a thousand people came together in South Austin for the 18th Annual City-Wide Interreligious Thanksgiving Service.

"It becomes like one human under one god," said Deepak Burman, a delegate for the Interreligious Ministry at Barsana Dham.

The service included songs and traditions from different faiths.

Giving thanks is just a part of giving and living in harmony, Burman said.

Humper can relate to that harmony. When asked how he feels this Thanksgiving, he sums it up in one word.

"Blessed. I would have to say blessed," Humper said.

"Mission: Possible!" organizes free meals that are given out every Sunday at Palm Park off of I-35 and Cesar Chavez.

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