Salvation Army hosts hundreds for annual Thanksgiving meal

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 11/22/2012 9:49 pm Published: 11/22/2012 3:55 pm

Downtown Tulsa ---

Hundreds turned out to the Salvation Army’s annual Thanksgiving meal.
Staff at the Center of Hope has been working for weeks to prepare the food.
Thanks to the generous donations or more than 100 turkeys and pies, the dinner was able to go on as usual.

The Salvation Army opened its doors around 11 on Thursday. There were 80 volunteers serving the people turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, rolls and green beans. Pumpkin pie was on the menu for dessert.

Surveying the room, volunteer Annie Henderson eagerly searches for a family to bring a hot meal to. This is her 10th year to volunteer during the Salvation Army’s annual Thanksgiving meal, and she loves every bit of it.

"In the past we've done decorations and we've worked in the kitchen and we've filled the trays to go out. We've done it all,” she says.

Annie doesn’t have family living here and so she looks forward to sharing Thanksgiving with others, even if they are total strangers.

"I feel really good after I leave here and doing this,” she says.

One family enjoying the turkey this year is Eric Galloway and his 4-year-old son. He’s been coming downtown for the last 25 years to celebrate Thanksgiving.

"I don't cook at home and I'm raising my son by myself, and we don't have a lot of cooking necessities at home and this is just very helpful,” says Eric.

And it’s not just about the food for Eric, but also the much-needed fellowship during the holidays that he craves.

"Yes, you want to be around family and you want to be around people you know and friends,” he says.

If you didn't get a chance to volunteer at the Salvation Army's Thanksgiving dinner, you still have an opportunity to do so for the holidays. We're told they still need volunteers for their Angel Tree Program and their Salvation Army Bell Ringers. If you would like to volunteer, you can contact the Salvation Army.

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