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Salvation Army Community Thanksgiving Dinner plans to serve 650 people

Camille Doty

By Camille Doty
Nov. 19, 2011 at 5:19 a.m.
Updated Nov. 20, 2011 at 5:20 a.m.

The Salvation Army will hold its annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday.

The meal is open to everyone.

"Our doors are wide open for anyone who wants to come," Major Ernest Lozano said.

About 650 people were served dinner last year, he said.

They hope to feed just as many this year, he said.

The meal will consist of turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans, cranberry sauce, tea and dessert.

Organizers still need volunteers to help serve, cleanup and prepare for the festivities.

Most volunteers will work for about an hour, he said.

In the past, the center on 1302 N. Louis, had about 100 volunteers throughout the day.

With the economic downturn, the center has received less monetary donations, said Lozano. He also said that some donors have become recipients.

Various businesses and churches have made food and financial contributions, and Lozano said he is grateful for their help.

"I've learned to trust that things will come together," he said.

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