Released by Vicki Hastings with the Salvation Army of Tyler:
TYLER, TX - Many of us think of Thanksgiving as a time for celebrating with family, but, sadly, for many it is a time of stress and frustration at realizing they cannot afford a special meal for their family. Additionally, Thanksgiving is a lonely time for many people, so we are glad we can provide a joyful and loving place for those who are alone to enjoy a great meal.
At 8:30 this Wednesday morning, 200 volunteers gathered to prepare for tomorrow's Thanksgiving feast. They were busy peeling potatoes, baking cornbread, and getting everything ready for our guests.
The feast begins tomorrow at The Salvation Army Community Center located on N. Spring St, which is directly behind our main buildings on Broadway. Meals will be served from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. However, volunteers will begin arriving as early as 6:30 a.m. and stay as late as 3:00 p.m. washing dishes and cleaning up.
We are expecting at least 300 volunteers and 1,500 guests. Unfortunately, there may be even more people who need a Thanksgiving meal this year due to economic hardships. We have seen a 50% increase in the need for our assistance this year as compared to last year, so we are expecting a similar increase in the number who come to enjoy our Thanksgiving meal.