Volunteers help make annual Thanksgiving day meal happen
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Volunteers helped serve or deliver to those who are homebound more than 1,600 free hot Thanksgiving meals to needy families in Tucson today.
Salvation Army officials said that is more than last year.
A total of 300 volunteers helped make the Salvation Army's annual Thanksgiving Day lunch at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in midtown happen.
This year officials said they noticed a lot of new faces, like first-time volunteer Jeff Maltzman, who decided to bring his family to help with food preparations.
"We've been interested in doing it for a while," he said. "Now that our kids are old enough to participate, we thought it would be a great way to show them what Thanksgiving really means."
His daughter, Ella Maltzman, soaked up the teaching moment.
"I just learned that it's very rewarding to help others who are less fortunate," she said.
Those who stood in line to receive a meal were thankful for their time.
"I ain't got a place to live, and I ain't gotta stove, and I ain't got a turkey," said Tony Hammond. "If they didn't do this, I'd just grab a sandwich from a gas station and find somewhere to eat it."
"I'm thankful for these people volunteering to give us a good thanksgiving," added Hammond.
It's something volunteers were more than happy to do.
"I just felt it was a good year to be doing it with all the turmoil that's been going on. That's why I decided to do it this year," said volunteer Don Nibbe.
The Salvation Army's Thanksgiving meal may be over, but the organization is now collecting more turkeys for their Christmas dinner.
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