Salvation Army Prepares to Feed Hundreds for the Thanksgiving Holiday
Thanksgiving is a time for friends and family to gather and give thanks for the blessings in their lives. But for some, this is an especially hard time of year. Many struggling individuals feel forgotten and disheartened as they approach this Thanksgiving season, but The Salvation Army believes the community will step forward and lend a helping hand to those who need it most.
The Chattanooga Salvation Army has identified 75 needy families and has registered them through their Social Services offices for Thanksgiving Baskets. They have partnered with The McCallie School to collect all the necessary ingredients, including turkeys, cranberry sauce, dressing, green beans, peas, potatoes and yams. Salvation Army volunteers will pack these items into baskets for these local families who might not otherwise have a traditional Thanksgiving meal in their homes. The Salvation Army truck will pick up the food this Friday, November 16, at 12:30 pm at The McCallie School. The Salvation Army will distribute the Thanksgiving Baskets to the registered families on Monday, November 19.
The Salvation Army will host its Third Annual Thanksgiving Festival for the Homeless on Wednesday, November 21 from 12–3 pm at 800 McCallie Avenue. The festival, open to the homeless and families in need, will feature hamburgers, hot dogs and chili, along with games and live entertainment. Last year, over 700 meals were served; that number is expected to be higher this year. Volunteers are still needed for this event. Volunteers will assist with preparation, serving and clean up after the meal. In addition, volunteers are needed to assist with a variety of festival activities, games and karaoke. Click here to sign up for a volunteer shift!
On Thanksgiving Day, The Chattanooga Salvation Army will serve dinner to the Residential Reentry Program boarders and their families and will also deliver meals to homebound senior neighbors. Last year, over 400 meals were served to those who otherwise would not enjoy a hot, holiday meal on Thanksgiving Day. Feeding the hungry is a long tradition for The Salvation Army, they have been feeding the hungry and protecting the most vulnerable in Chattanooga since 1893.