DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Though it may not be the usual for you or your family, for some people, walking through these double doors on Thanksgiving is a normal occurrence.

“I don’t have time to cook for lunch, so this is becoming a tradition for us to come here after we finish serving people downtown,” Living Hope Community Outreach Coordinator, Michelle Michel said.

Living Hope Community Outreach served around 200 Thanksgiving plates for lunch today, along with numerous other organizations throughout the Wiregrass.

Thanks to people like Brook Walker who work on holidays, Michel doesn’t have to worry about fixing lunch for herself after serving so many people.

According to Walker, this shift isn’t as bad as it may seem.

“I’ve always enjoyed working on holidays,” Waffle House Unit Manager, Brooke Walker said. “Everyone is in a good mood. I’m in a good mood. I love my customers, I love my people. I really don’t have anything bad to say about working on holidays.”

According to Walker, the day has barely even started.

“Thanksgiving days are not as busy as evening nights. The evenings and nights are a lot worse,” Walker said.

That’s because people are fueling up for Black Friday shopping.

“Well, they need something to eat before they go shop,” Walker said.” You don’t wanna shop on an empty stomach.”

Walker has plenty to be thankful for this holiday.

“Being a thankful person, just about anything and everything,” said Walker. “I love my people here, now I do get to spend a little time at home on Thanksgiving, but I’m thankful for just being employed. Especially now with the pandemic, people aren’t working as much. So I’m just thankful to have a job here.”