Turkeys are defrosting and people are making last minute trips to the grocery store. It's a lot of work preparing Thanksgiving dinner for one family, but the Lubbock Salvation Army is preparing a feast for hundreds. "We're gonna have all the fixings here, and we'll have the turkey, and dressing, and potatoes, and pies," said Salvation Army Corps Officer, Major Ernest Branscum.
"Thanksgiving here, I envision it being a lot of cheer. Everyone just being very kind and gracious to one another, and very appreciative of the food, the fellowship, and knowing that there's somebody out there that cares about them," said Jerry Howard.
Howard started coming to the Salvation Army this past summer. "I'm a full time Texas Tech student, and kinda ran out of financial aid, and running a little bit low on money for food," he said.
Howard is grateful for the help, and over the past few months the Salvation Army has become like family to Howard. Even though his real family lives in Dallas, he decided to stay here for the holiday and volunteer his time as a bell ringer. "I thought, you know, the best way to help yourself is to help others."
Howard says he'll spend Thanksgiving with his friends at the Salvation Army where they're expecting him, and quite a few more. The Salvation Army is preparing about 40 to 50 turkeys to feed up to 700 people on Thanksgiving. That's more than they've had in the past, but with a struggling economy, they expect more people who need a hand over the holidays. "If i made a guess right now, I'm gonna say about 20% more." said Branscum.
More than 100 volunteers will prepare and serve food starting at 8 a.m. Thanksgiving morning. The doors will be open from 4 to 6 p.m., and during these tough times, there will be food, fellowship, and a happy Thanksgiving.
Anyone is welcome to the Salvation Army Thanksgiving. The one thing they said they really need is more pies. If you want to help out you can bring those by the Salvation Army at 1614 Avenue J.
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