Salvation Army dishes up Thanksgiving dinner for 20000

27 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Broncos players spend off day preparing Thanksgiving meal for those in need.

“I feel blessed,” said Rule, who said he worked as a cook before he became disabled in a car crash last year. “I see people who have no arms and legs. The News is once again teaming up with The Salvation Army for our annual Toy Appeal to ensure every child in East Kilbride receives a gift this Christmas.BURLINGTON — Burlington Salvation Army Family Services is issuing a call for volunteers to help with its Christmas kettle fundraiser — the non-profit’s only opportunity each year to raise money for local families in need. “We have lots of people that are registered as volunteers, but not many signing up (for shifts),” said the organization’s executive director, Major Jeff Johnston. “Every day that ticks by with empty kettles is another day that we can’t get back.” The kettle program got underway just over a week ago, but early fundraising totals are down 53 per cent compared to last year.On Tuesday, safety Omar Bolden and six teammates — inside linebacker Brandon Marshall, defensive end Malik Jackson, cornerbacks Taurean Nixon and Kayvon Webster, receiver Bennie Fowler and fellow safety David Bruton — took to the kitchen of the Salvation Army’s Denver Habor Light Center to prepare a holiday dinner that will feed more than 1,500 in need. Last year a whopping 500 youngsters who might otherwise have faced a bleak Christmas, had wonderful gifts to look forward to on December 25, thanks to the overwhelming generosity of our readers.

Donning aprons and gloves, the players, with a little instruction, filled trays of stuffing, peeled hundreds of potatoes, seasoned and buttered cans of green beans and scooped more than 1,000 containers worth of cranberry sauce. It has an enormous impact on their well being and on their lives.” The catering company is known to serve a privileged clientele in New York City but Great Performances chefs and cooks will grapple with a total of 390 pounds of sliced roast turkey breast, 24 gallons of gravy, 120 pies and more in order to put high-quality meals on the table for underprivileged New Yorkers. About 4,000 meals were sent for delivery before the doors of the cavernous Salvation Army gym opened at 11 a.m., said Jason Gronlund, the event’s executive chef and vice president of culinary at Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill. The organizers have ramped up their meal distribution, sending out a canteen truck and enlisting the help of churches to reach people in locations as far away as Mount Dora who otherwise would have to rely on public transportation to fetch their holiday dinner.

What we ask is that toys or other donated items are new as children who will benefit from the appeal do have the same hopes and expectations as children in any other family. Among them were entertainers who sang seasonal songs, people who placed fresh chrysanthemums on the long tables and those who served and cleaned up the food. “My family provides everything for me, and I don’t normally that that into consideration,” said Autumn, 14, who brought smiles to the faces of many guests as she passed out peppermints. “Now I realize I should — and how lucky I am.” One of the last volunteers guests saw as they left was Sylvia Preston. Pick up an empty shoebox fill it with gifts for a boy or girl of a certain age, wrap and label for gender and age and return them to Costa in the Centre West store. Salvation Army volunteers will also be providing a free gift wrapping service at Waterstones on December 5 and 19 where donations can be made to the Toy Appeal.

Now she’s happy to be able to serve others and let them know someone cares. “A friendly face and a nice conversation does a lot for you — especially during this season,” Preston said. “It makes you able to live with what life gives you.”

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