Salvation Army hosts Community Thanksgiving

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - While many can go to the store and easily pick up a turkey, stuffing or potatoes, hundreds struggle to put any sort of food onto the table.

That's where the Salvation Army comes in. For over a month, they have been planning their Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the Elks lodge, and it was a huge success.

"Knowing that we had something was a good thing," said Michael Gersh. "Last year they did the same thing; every year it's different. I'm always really happy about it."

This year, those who came from the homeless shelter had top-of-the-line transportation -- a limo.

"It was exciting," said Gersh. "We don't get to do that very often. I know, personally, I felt really special, that somebody else actually cared enough to think about us like that."

Michael was just one of hundreds who came to the lodge to have a hot, fresh, home-cooked turkey meal. And he wasn't the only one who enjoyed it.

"It's nice to wait on somebody that perhaps hasn't even been able to have a hot meal recently, so it's a good feeling," said volunteer Amy Tucker.

Everyone behind the scenes worked away to brighten people's day, feed hungry stomachs, and bring a smile to a face - something that goes a long way.

"They've gotten about ten 'Happy Thanksgivings' as they come in the door," said Salvation Army Corps Officer Dan Wilson.

And while they were sure to make a difference in many lives, Wilson still saw the truth behind it all.

"It says something - that there are needs out there. This represents and this shows that the community does have a lot of needs still."

While the volunteers served some at the Elks Lodge, other volunteers packed meals to deliver to others throughout the community that could not make it in.

The Salvation Army is always in search of volunteers. To find out how you can help, you can visit their website by clicking on the link below.

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