The volunteers are ready.

"They just want to serve," said Kathy Jones of the York Rescue Mission. "They put their plans on hold so they can serve others."

At least 30 volunteers will serve dinner during the annual Thanksgiving Day Worship Service and Banquet that begins at 11 a.m. Thursday at the mission at 367 W. Market St. in York City.

"Some volunteers serve every year, and we have families put their plans on hold and come in and serve others," said Jones, the mission's director of volunteer services. "(Volunteering is) a way to give back to the community."

Volunteers include people who are starting a new holiday tradition after losing a loved one, Jones said.

"The holidays are a little difficult for them, and they chose to reach out to other people," she added.

The volunteers will serve about 200 service and banquet attendees, said the Rev. Paul Gorog, the rescue mission's executive director.

The worship service will feature special music and singing. The sermon will be given by Frank Miller, who manages the mission's economy store, Gorog said.

"We have a real family atmosphere for Thanksgiving," Gorog said. "A lot of people who come don't have family, so they come to be with somebody who will accept them as part of the family. We give them a meal and we bless them."

A tradition: The mission has been serving Thanksgiving meals for the last 40 years, Gorog said.

To provide meals to other families in need, the mission recently held a Thanksgiving food collection drive.

As a result, at least 1,600 Thanksgiving food baskets were distributed to families and individuals in need, according to Gorog.

The rescue mission is thankful for the public's support throughout the year, especially during the holiday season, he said.

"As people support the York Rescue Mission, they also get to see how we use their donations," Gorog said. "York County people are the kindest in the whole world."

-- Reach Eyana Adah McMillan at emcmillan@yorkdispatch.com.