SPOKANE, Wash. -

Olive Garden delivered catered meals to 16 fire stations across the Spokane area Monday to say thank you to firefighters on Labor Day.

Olive Garden says more than 800 restaurants nationwide delivered and served lunch to police stations, fire stations, and emergency rooms in their local communities.

The north Spokane Olive Garden decided to cater to the community's firefighters, as a thank you for working so hard during wildfire season. Manager Chanel Snead said the restaurant wasn't required to deliver to all of the fire stations, but she didn't want to leave anyone out.

"We've been planning it for the last three weeks, most of the planning has been the last week though," Snead said. "We went in at about 7 a.m. this morning to start all the food prep and I had probably about 15 people helping me out this morning."

Snead says this is one of her favorite days of the year, because she loves to see the reactions from the first responders when they receive their meal.

This is the 15th year Olive Garden has catered to first responders on Labor Day, and the company has served more than 10,000 meals.