Ashley Baer/Auburn Journal Friends and family take time at the fairgrounds to visit each other and give thanks together, with Yousef Hijjawi running among strollers as Holly Cabral, with her daughter Hannah May on her lap, chats with Kenny Minero.
Ashley Baer/Auburn Journal Two-year-old Yousef Hijjawi, who was born on Thanksgiving two years ago, crawls around his mother, Heather's, chair as she chats with friends over dessert at the Salvation Army's Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday.
Ashley Baer/Auburn Journal With pie in hand, Heather Hijjawi tries to top it off with whipped cream, only to find that the can is empty.
Ashley Baer/Auburn Journal Michelle Talbott, Salvation Army social services director, receives a hug from Daryll Larsh, a past volunteer for the Salvation Army.
Ashley Baer/Auburn Journal Kenny Minero, Carolyn Hudgins (face obscured), Holly Cabral and her daughter Hannah, from left, spend Thanksgiving together Thursday at the Salvation Army?s community dinner, held at the Gold Country Fairgrounds. Minero said he had a lot to be thankful for on Thanksgiving. ?I?m here because I got sober and decided I wanted to get off the streets,? he said. ?I feel thankful that I?m alive.?
Ashley Baer/Auburn Journal Volunteer Katherine Brower, left, brings Thanksgiving meals to Alan Reynolds and Stephen Israel Thursday, while volunteer Heather Brewer, rear, holds balloons to indicate that the gentlemen are ready to be served during the Salvation Army's Thanksgiving dinner.