Salvation Army hands out record-breaking number of meals

Salvation Army hands out record-breaking number of meals

The doors swung open at the Salvation Army early Thanksgiving morning for the final touches on meals that would be served to more than 100 people starting at noon.

Hundreds of volunteers were prepared to distribute at least 20,000 plates, including to-go orders.

Sometimes Gadar's children complain that they share a room and don't have a swimming pool. "We look forward to providing a great meal for a lot of deserving people". "This puts things in perspective".

They have been serving Thanksgiving dinner to those in need for 138 years.

Smith found herself destitute when she and her husband both lost their jobs in the aircraft manufacturing industry.

"We are glad to be able to provide for those in need in the community".

The Salvation Army is making sure that no one is without a hot meal this Thanksgiving.

Charity Witt came to spend time with her mother, aunt and two cousins.

"You don't have to be here, but you choose to be here, so thank you very much", she had told her helpers before leading them in prayer. "We're more blessed being here than we would be at home". On the menu turkey, green beans, dressing, rolls and more.

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"Everything is made from scratch", Jaret said. I like cooking and I enjoy giving back to the public. "We have been preparing since Monday", Torres said.

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Volunteers served turkey, vegetables, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie.

Some 16,000 people benefited previous year with help for basic needs - many gathered here for this Thanksgiving meal.

But the services wouldn't be possible without donations from the community, especially during the holiday season. He was marking off his mental checklist and wondering if 125 turkeys would be enough. "I mean that's really what it's about, expressing God's love through practical ways".

Giglio was in the kitchen Thursday with Steve Gergle and Albert Koleba.

Being at the Salvation Army on Thanksgiving has become a routine for Patricia Venzor. "This is my third Thanksgiving and there is no place I'd rather be".

So as you eat and smile, remember the people who may not get the chance to do the same.