The Salvation Army prepared for a record turnout today for the annual Thanksgiving dinner which was held at the Elk's Lodge, and that's exactly what they got.
The Salvation Army came to the rescue of many in Grand Junction on this Thanksgiving holiday. "I'm handicapped and there's no way I would have had a Thanksgiving without these people," says Thomas Mallum. It's a long standing tradition with quite a legacy. "It's been over 100 years that the salvation army has been doing charity dinners," says Salvation Army Captain, Dan Wilson.
In a year with more people than ever, needing help, the Salvation Army was prepared for a flood of people, and it's a good thing. "There's been over 800 take out meals and around 300 or so here so far," says Wilson. None of this would be possible if not for donations from the community and people like Georgia Palfy volunteering their time. "Cooking is the one thing that you can do that makes people happy," says Palfy. She owns A Taste Of Heaven catering and volunteers her services "every" year all around the valley. Which makes "most" people happy. "According to my kids they can't remember having one at home," says Palfy.
That same happiness they are dishing out is the reason for the volunteers being here. "It's a blessing for me to be able to come out and help the community, feed whoever is hungry, it's just a joy for me," says volunteer Marilyn Trueblood. The volunteers came out in record numbers too. "There's probably about 70 here and over 100 at Canyon View making deliveries," says Wilson.
With all the holiday cheer going around, some who came and ate felt the need to show their thanks and give back. "They've donated because they wanted to help the other people that were around them," says Wilson. Which seems to be happening all around the community this holiday season. "People that are below average are still donating what they can and it just shows love and charity," says Mallum. Which is reason dinners like this are so special to our community. "I just want to thank everyone that volunteered, the people that cooked, it's a beautiful thing they've done," says Mallum.