Bean's Cafe, Anchorage's soup kitchen, throws a big feast each year for those in need. It also attracts volunteers from all over the country.

Volunteer Lee Guillory, flew all the way from Houston, Texas to Alaska, to help with this year's Thanksgiving meal. He says he learned about Anchorage's homeless population from friends at church and felt a calling to serve.

"I learned a long time ago, that there is nothing like serving somebody else," Guillory said. "That makes you want to be a better person... In the book of Isaiah, Isaiah told god 'here am I lord, send me."

Guillory said making the trek to Alaska was a humbling experience.

"I grew up in an environment that some people would be uncomfortable with," he said. "But truly in the grand scheme of things I've been blessed compared to what I've seen here in the last couple of days."

He said it makes him happy to serve with like-minded people.

"This is some much bigger than myself," he said. "To be surrounded by people who have the same outlook… there are folks here that could be home having dinner with there families right now. And there here doing something good for those who can't do for themselves."

Bean's expects to feed a Thanksgiving meal to as many as 1,200 people.