"How friendly the people are, and how appreciative, they see our names on our chest and they call you by name, it's really very nice - it's very touching, " says volunteer Thomas Gurgui.
St. Vincent's Dining Room Director Ray Trevino adds, "It's about love, it's about giving - it's Christmas."
"If you're not in the spirit when you get here, you sure get in the spirit after being here, it's a wonderful heart-warming experience."
The 1,100 meals served at St. Vincent's Dining Room in Reno were provided by the Nugget.
The casino's new owners are carrying on the Ascuaga's 50+ year Christmas Day tradition. New President and CEO Carlton Geer, says they're thrilled to be involved.
"There are literally hundreds, I think there are 140 volunteers, so uh, this is quite an extensive and impressive community event."
Turkey, mashed potatoes and all the fixings were hand delivered to the tables as visitors relaxed in the warmth of the dining room.
"Looking at the homeless situation, they're taking pretty good care of them."
Across town at the Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission, about 500 folks were also served a traditional Christmas meal - and the children got to enjoy a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, too.
Director of Communications, Joan Grover says events like this give the community a chance to do something they really want to do - help others. "We have a lot of volunteers and a lot of the presents and things that we're giving away have been donated by people in the community.
Reno-Sparks Gospel Mission also provided about 500 meals to several local senior centers.
Written by Andi Guevara