Salvation Army serves hot meals to those in need

Michele Moreno
November 24, 2017

"I hear people say I really care, but when people give up their time and energy, it really make a difference", Area Commander of the Salvation Army, Thomas Hinzan said.

A sign that the smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention. The meals are served from 1-4 p.m. today.

Lines were out the door at the Salvation Army for their annual Thanksgiving feast in Manatee County.

"Being able to bless somebody and occasionally we get an opportunity to pray with them", Landis said, "It's just a great feeling".

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- For the twenty-fifth year in a row, volunteers prepared Thanksgiving Dinner for thousands of Orlando residents at the Salvation Army campus in West Colonial Drive. Marcus Mobley and his daughter Jazmine started volunteering when she was five years old.

"Rather than compete with the numerous churches and non profit organizations serving meals on Thanksgiving day, we chose to provide meals the day before and the day after Thanksgiving to better support those in need of meals during the holidays", Kenady said. "Our goal past year was $25,000 and we made $32,000", she said.

"I think its important for parents to show the meaning of Thanksgiving and being thankful and grateful for the things that you have in your life and it's not about material things."
"Some people can't get to them", Miller said. Morrow said distribution was a little different this year than last year, when people picked up food baskets that were already made up. There is always a need for more volunteers to deliver meals to shut-ins.

Ervin Whitehead is grateful to finally get to sit around a table together with his wife and kids for Thanksgiving. All they had to do was sit down, and their food, drink, and dessert were served to them, thanks to volunteers.

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