Salvation Army Provides Thanksgiving Dinners to Veterans Around The USA

Across the country, the Salvation Army has taken the lead to ensure veterans in most communities are treated to a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.  Here are some of the upcoming events:

Bangor, Maine
The Salvation Army Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen’s Thanksgiving meal will  be held at 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday, November 20, at 65 S. Park Street in Bangor.  Guests will enjoys a traditional dinner of turkey, stuffing, and all the fixings, along with plenty of pies.

The meal will be prepared by volunteers from over 15 groups representing a spectrum of the Greater Bangor community.  Last year, more than 200 meals were served.  Organizers expect more will join the feast this year.

The Salvation Army’s Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen serves lunch Monday to Friday, and breakfast on Sundays, with an average of 100 meals per day.

Lubbock, Texas
On Thursday, November 22, 2012, the Salvation Army of Lubbock is preparing to serve a Thanksgiving meal to at least 300 guests.  The Thanksgiving dinner will include the traditional fare plus an extra dessert to go.  The meal will be served between 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, at the Salvation Army Family Housing Facility and Emergency Shelter, located at 17th Street and Avenue J. Volunteers will begin preparing the food at 7 a.m.

Last year, 252 meals were served by the Salvation Army of Lubbock.

Looking ahead:  Christmas dinner will also be served by the Salvation Army of Lubbock, and they will provide food boxes for Christmas as well. 1,700 families will receive the food boxes this year.

The Salvation Army holds an annual Thanksgiving Meal at our headquarters location each year.  If you are interested in volunteering for our 2012 Thanksgiving Meal, please contact David Terrell at (434) 792-3963 Ext. 306.  Below is information on our 2012 Thanksgiving Meal. Over 250 meals were served in 2011.

Kansas City, MO
A longtime Kansas City holiday tradition returns next week when The Salvation Army hosts its annual Community Thanksgiving Day Dinner!  The dinner is open and free to the public,.  It will be held at The Salvation Army Linwood Center, located at 101 W. Linwood in Kansas City, Missouri, on Thursday, November 22 from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The meal will include turkey and all the trimmings. More than 200 volunteers will assist.

Also on Thanksgiving Day, more than 100 volunteers for The Salvation Army will deliver Thanksgiving meals to over 800 home bound and elderly individuals in the Kansas City metro area.

South Haven, Indiana
The Salvation Army of Porter County will host its annual free Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, November 22nd from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at The Salvation Army Corps Community Center, 799 Capitol Road, South Haven, Indiana on Highway 6 (one block west of Highway 149).  The event, which has become an annual tradition for those in Porter County, is free of charge and allows those without the means or a family to enjoy a “family style” Thanksgiving Dinner with neighbors and friends. Delivery for shut-ins is available by calling (219) 762-9191.

Help Still Needed
With just a few days left to prepare, the Salvation Army in many communities is in desperate need of food, funds and volunteers in order to meet the high demand for Thanksgiving dinners this year.

For example, organizers in Jacksonville, Florida reported this week that they still need about 95 birds in order to accommodate their estimated need of 1,000 turkeys.  In Boston, Massachusetts, event planners say the need for home delivered Thanksgiving meals has increased by 50 percent over last year.

The number of guests expected to show up for sit down Thanksgiving meals also is rising all over the country. In Shreveport, Illinois the number of expected guests is 1,300.  In Grand Junction, Colorado about 1,800 are expected.  In Tuscon, Arizona, the Salvation Army is expected to serve 3,500.

To find how you can volunteer or receive a meal in your own community, contact your local Salvation Army.

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination since 1865. Nearly 33 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children.

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