WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Volunteers woke up before the sun rose Saturday morning to give back to their communities.

Hundreds packed Thanksgiving baskets in Southeast for the hungry and delivered them to families in the greater Washington, D.C. area.

Project Give Back Founder Ransom Miller started giving back in 1995.

"It's awesome, it's our 21st year of doing this. Some friends got together started with six families," said Miller.

Two decades later, Project Give Back will feed nearly 2,000 families in need this Thanksgiving.

Because of the volunteers roughly 2,000 qualified families in the District, Maryland and Virginia won't go hungry this holiday.

"This is a good project. People who don't have food get to have Thanksgiving," said volunteer Aidan McDonough.

"I think it's good to give thanks to what you have, to help others and to give back," said volunteer Bailey Ogilvie.

The wrestling team from Gonzaga High School put their muscle into volunteering in an assembly line, unloading and packing potatoes, turkey's and all the fixings.

All the teamwork came down to helping families such as Angela Payton.

The mother of three children recently lost her job.

"If I didn't have this, I don't know what I would do," said Payton.

"There's a lot of families that don't have, so whatever we can do to give back and assist, we're here," said volunteer Michelle Bracken.

According to Project Give Back, Nearly 60,000 in DC live in extreme poverty and are unable to put food on the table.

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