Salvation Army Seeks Donations for Thanksgiving Meals

The Salvation Army is already getting into the holiday spirit and planning for its annual Thanksgiving day meal.

But officials there say that meal will not possible without your assistance.

Each day dozens of people come to the Salvation Army for a hot meal but the non-profit organization has started making plans to feed a whole lot more on Thanksgiving day.

"This year, the economy has not quite come up as far as we'd hoped it would and we're thinking there might be still another little increase this year. So we're trying to plan for approximately 400 people," says Captain Gregory Shannon with The Salvation Army.

Last year, 300 people were fed.

It was a feast cooked by just one man.

"It takes a couple of days to get it all together. You've got to cook all the vegetables and stuff as they come through. It ain't bad," says Larry Johnson, the cook for The Salvation Army.

Larry Johnson hopes to have more help cooking this year but first he needs turkeys.

"One turkey can feed eight to 10 people. So, since the Salvation Army expects to feed 400 people this Thanksgiving, they're going to need 40 of these,"

For now, the organization's freezer only holds a few but officials hope that change soon.

"We need to care for each other and we need to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to have a meal... that nobody's going hungry," says Capt. Shannon.

The Salvation Army expects to serve 400 people this Thanksgiving day.

However, with the rising cost of food, officials calculate the cost to be $5,000 dollars.

So, if you can help them with a donation of either food or money call the Salvation Army Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at (940) 322-9822.

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