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11/22/07-Tyler

Volunteers At Salvation Army Help Feed Hundreds

There was a place for everyone and everyone was in their place.  From the youngest, to the young at heart, volunteers worked in sync to make this Thanksgiving meal a very special one.

"So many people probably wouldn't have a good dinner today," said Lindsay Cary, a volunteer for the last ten years.  "You might call this some of God's work and they're out here helping him do it."

More than 300 volunteers were on hand, giving thanks for their ability to lend a helping hand.  "[We're] thankful for what we have and happy that we are able to help other people, or at least be a part of it," said Lake Woodruff, a volunteer for the first time. 

Before the first guest arrives, there was plenty to do--potatoes to boil and turkeys to carve--all to get dinner on the table for those who need it most.

"I'm here to give back to the community," said Ravain Owens, a volunteer with Tyler Top Teens.  Thornell Lewis said it was fun to see people come out just to help others.  "I just hope they enjoy it," she said.

Different people with different circumstances and reasons for volunteering, but all of them had one goal in mind.  "I had just gone through a very traumatic divorce, and I had absolutely no one," said Linda Peterson.  "The only thing I could think of was to come here, and they took me in.  I wouldn't be anywhere else this year." 

People were being helped while helping others in the process.

"Status has no place in this room," said Peterson.  "These are just people who need the warmth, the community, the good food, and the sense that they belong someplace.  That's what's important."

Layron Livingston, Reporting. llivingston@kltv.com

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