BOISE -- Gov. Butch Otter was among those who helped serve thousands of meals for the Boise Rescue Mission's annual Thanksgiving banquet.

KTVB's own Mark Johnson joined the governor for a few classic country tunes earlier today during the banquet at Cathedral of the Rockies in Boise.

Also volunteering - First Lady Lori Otter, Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and KTVB meteorologist Jim Duthie.

The mission served more than 3,000 people today at this banquet and another one in Nampa.

And 1,700 families received food boxes so they can enjoy a Thanksgiving meal tomorrow.

Albertsons delivered a special gift -- $15,000 for the mission. That will help the mission serve homeless and hungry people beyond the holiday season.

We look for large gifts in the holidays, particularly, then we can hold back some of that money as we go into the spring and summertime -- because in the summertime, it gets pretty lean. that's a wonderful gift, and we're just very, very thankful for it, said Boise Rescue Mission Executive Director Bill Roscoe.

He also told us that the mission's shelters have seen a 10 percent increase in the number of women and children looking for help compared to last year.

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