Salvation Army takes on Thanksgiving

Salvation Army Red Kettle stolen from Kroger store in GP Woods

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"I'm looking forward to providing people with a meal that meets their immediate needs, but what I really enjoy is creating this opportunity for fellowship that some people may not otherwise have", Salvation Army Lieutenant Bradley Hargis said.

The Red Kettle Campaign comprises on average 20 percent of The Salvation Army's total budget.

A large crowd filled a makeshift dining room Thursday, November 23, for the annual holiday lunch at the Salvation Army.

Salvation Army Ministry leader Wayne Gillespie said they serve meals from Wednesday to Sunday, 11 1 their center in Gualo Rai.

"We just wanted to do something to help", said Tim Becker of South Dakota. But, after putting a call out to the community, the Salvation Army ended up with close to 500.

Twyla said her favorite part of Thanksgiving is seeing the positive difference she can make here in her community.

Cope said that The Salvation Army wants to maintain its good relationship with Belk.

Captain Morrow said in order to sign up for the distribution, people must provide proof of residence and a photo ID.

We all have our thanksgiving traditions, but for many volunteers in Springfield, the tradition is feeding others. "The primary reason we do this is so that everyone in the community has somewhere to go, has people to be with, a place to belong, a family to belong to", Frost says.

This year, kettles will be at 15 different locations across Sanford.

"Our Haywood County Habitat affiliate hasn't heard anything about such a project, nor have we approached Belk to fund any projects", Shepard said.

Countertop red kettles have begun appearing in stores, restaurants, and other business establishments throughout our local area.

- Thank a retailer for making a positive impact in the community by allowing The Salvation Army to ring the bells.

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