Salvation Army Thanksgiving

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 11/28/2013 10:32 pm Published: 11/28/2013 10:30 pm

The Salvation Army was prepared to serve 1,000 people this Thanksgiving.
Normally they serve about 800 people, but sometimes, the numbers go up.

It takes more than 80 volunteers to help prepare and serve the dinner.

FOX23 was there as some of Tulsa's residents got a hot meal.

An average of 300 people stay at the Salvation Army every night, but on Thanksgiving they are able to bless so many more.

While the crowd is sweetly serenaded, Javier Galviz, and his family enjoy the food that's been prepared for them.

They're here for a new beginning after fleeing a community in Dallas full of drugs and violent crime.

This Thanksgiving, he can relax while his family is able to eat in a safe place.

Galviz tells FOX23, "It means a lot to me honestly because they're secure here and there are cameras here and it's really good here."

After being here for seven months, he's struggled to find work, but he's confident his luck will change soon.

In the meantime, he's grateful to have left the other world behind.

"Just a lot of drugs and a lot of cops getting called all the time and over here it's different and it's more peaceful," Galviz explained.

People who stay here at the Salvation Army are referred to as guests, and this Thanksgiving, they are treated with the utmost respect.

Over 80 volunteers bring them their food and drink so they can enjoy a hot meal while being served by others.

Brandon Strong has been staying on and off here and he's thankful for the generosity of others.

Strong tells FOX23, "They took the time to make it and everything and I really appreciate everything that they have done."

Besides volunteers for Thanksgiving, the Salvation Army also needs volunteers to be bell ringers and even to help out with the angel tree.

 If you would like to volunteer, all you have to do is contact the Salvation Army.

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