All smiles at Salvation Army’s Thanksgiving meal

DENVER -- When your Thanksgiving is in a convention center and your family, in many cases, is far away -- you might not think the Salvation Army Annual Thanksgiving dinner is full of gratitude by those in attendance.

You however would be wrong.

Thursday thousands gathered for the annual tradition and nearly every person that we met was full of thanks.

"First of all God," Monique, an attendee said.

Martha, another attendee, grateful for the food.

"I want to thank all the featherless angels who put all this together," she said.

Ben Davis is thankful "foodball" is on despite who his team is.

"My team is the Browns even though they are 0-11," Ben said with a laugh."

Matt Brady is grateful he isn't sick.

"I'm as healthy as I was a year ago," he told FOX31.

Tesia Salazar may currently be  homeless but she is all smiles because of her daughter.

"She makes me happy -- without her I wouldn't be happy," Tesia said.

The smiles, the fellowship is why the Salvation Army does this every year.

Kings Soopers donates the food, Broncos players prep it, and the Colorado Convention Center provides the space.

"The truth is if this didn't take place some people wouldn't have a traditional thanksgiving meal," Captain Peter Pemberton with the Salvation Army said.