Salvation Army hosts annual Thanksgiving dinner

Salvation Army hosts annual Thanksgiving dinner

Salvation Army hosts annual Thanksgiving dinner

Turkeys given to the Lynchburg Salvation Army from the Vibe radio station on behalf of the Steve Harvey Show.

People can choose a child and donate the items on the wish list for them to get for Christmas.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins mascot Tux helped out as the Salvation Army of Wilkes-Barre kicked off its annual red kettle fundraising campaign on Wednesday at Schiel's Family Market on Hanover Street in Wilkes-Barre. She says so far on the first of three sign up days, just under 160 people have put their names on the list.

The kettle drive supports many community programs administered in Dearborn and OH counties. Lunch begins at 11:00 a.m. Behind the scenes, one of the Ottumwa Salvation Army's staunchest supporters lately has been Brendan Woodard, the director's son.

"Over the last couple years what we've learned is that this community, Charlottesville, just wants to make sure that everyone has a place to celebrate Thanksgiving", said Shiels. She shared one reason with us why she says she can't stop coming back. "Our goal this year is $30,000". So, this year, I'm here with my family. But, after putting a call out to the community, the Salvation Army ended up with close to 500.

The organization said stretching their resources out across the metro and giving as many people as possible a reason to be thankful this holiday is what Thanksgiving is all about.

The campaign started on the docks of San Francisco when a young captain by the name of Joseph McFee placed a large pot on the ferry dock and asked passersby to "keep the pot boiling" by making a donation. He wanted to raise money to cook and provide a Christmas dinner for the poor around him. Ray Jackson said - serving guests at the tables instead of them lining up to get food.

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