Downtown today, an annual island tradition was held, exhibiting two of the most core beliefs that all of us Guamanians hold dear: hospitality, and being there for our neighbors when they need it most.

The good folks at the Salvation Army spearheaded their annual Thanksgiving Fiesta in the capital of Hagatna at Chamorro Village.

While the recent weather increased the chances of rain, that by no means dampened the spirits of the group to lead hundreds of volunteers in dishing-out a truly bountiful holiday meal.

2019 marks the 23rd year the Salvation Army has served meals to Guam's most needy - those individuals and families who for whatever reason, or no reason at all, aren't able to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving celebration with loved ones.

And flanked by scores of locals, military members, youth groups and concerned citizens, many hands truly made light work.

All the festive trimmings were ladled, carved, and scooped, with classic recipes used at the first Thanksgiving blended alongside local mainstays like red rice and dried beef.

But, the main course was unmistakably the true spirit of the holiday season.

The Salvation Army continues its good work throughout Christmas and into the New Year, so you can expect to see them around the island ringing bells, collecting loose change, and helping our community's less fortunate.

They need your help, so contact them if you'd like to join their mission to make this time of year extra bright for your fellow Guamanians.