Hundreds served at Salvation Army Thanksgiving Meal

Major Butch Frost of the Salvation Army says, "The Salvation Army does not like anyone to be alone on a holiday".

Gratitude filled the room as sweet potato, cornbread and turkey filled the bellies of dozens of people fighting different storms.

"It's more than just a meal", George said, "It's the warm fellowship, and the smile, and just the visit".

A sign that the smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention. About 300 people showed up for the meal.

Given how early in the planning stages the Salvation Army is, MacPherson couldn't give a rough prediction of when the changes would be made.

"We know a lot of the people here real good", Meadows said.

Volunteers have once again been busy in the kitchen this morning for the annual community Thanksgiving dinner.

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Twyla Burt has been a volunteer here in Bentonville for the past eight years.

Of course, the Salvation Army would appreciate donations to help pay for the Thanksgiving meal and their year round Frontline Feeding program.

"All the money we make here in Langley and Aldergrove stays here to serve Gateway of Hope in Langley and Aldergrove", Hannan said.

Jamye Sheppard, executive director of Haywood Habitat for Humanity, said Belk's new corporate giving policy is news to her.

"We only see them, some of them, once a year". Lanier said that without the help of the businesses to allow the kettles and the volunteers on their property - and that bell-ringing - it wouldn't happen.

"I've been given so much, now it's time for me to do it", said volunteer John Cannady. He admitted that, even though he's 83 now and doesn't get around as well as he used to, he enjoys helping recruit bell-ringers. "I don't have family here I have family in California so this is my second family", said Lockett.

  • Adam Floyd