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Waco's Veterans One Stop holds free Thanksgiving feast for veterans

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The Veterans One Stop in Waco held a free Thanksgiving feast Friday morning for veterans and their families.

Food was served to more than 300 people within just a few hours. 

The free feast included everything you could want on Thanksgiving, like turkey, ham, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, and so much more.

"We have people here from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan. We're just so excited and so blessed to have so many people come and participate," Veterans One Stop director Delisa Russell said.

The center's new kitchen also made its debut Friday.

The Lowe's in Waco was inspired by all of the work the Veterans One Stop does for veterans, so they nominated them for their Heroes grant.

As part of the grant, Lowe's remodeled their kitchen. The center got a brand new fridge, a double-wall oven, a slide-in stove, an over-the-range microwave, a dishwasher, and new countertops.

"It's amazing. The Jeff Poole Group and Mammoth Construction did an amazing job with the remodeling of this kitchen. It's just amazing. It's going to be put to really good use here," Lowe's assistant store manager Rod Serrano.

Friday's Thanksgiving feast wasn't just a regular feast, though.

Minutes before the food was served, Ethan and Everlyn Humphrey exchanged vows inside the center's chapel. They dated for two years before tying the knot Friday.

"We had an instant crowd because of the Thanksgiving [feast]. But we just wanted to get married in the chapel here at the Veterans One Stop, be the first ones," Everlyn, who retired from the Air Force and works at the center, said.

Thanks to the new kitchen, Russell said she hopes to serve breakfast three times a week beginning in December.

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