Volunteering at Thanksgiving

Volunteering at Thanksgiving

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - Helping hands at the Salvation Army will make for a full plate for shut-ins.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) – Hundreds of volunteers chose service instead of family, food and football.

Each year the Salvation Army counts on volunteers to make sure shut-ins share in the Thanksgiving holiday.

Nine-year old Madison Thomas was one of those volunteers.

“I feel good inside and it gives me a good feeling," says Thomas.

More than 200 volunteers showed up at the Salvation Army’s main center.

Before they were dispatched they were briefed on what to expect and given names of people they will be serving.

“It's overwhelming, the number of volunteers we've had,” says Major Richard Greene. “It's always great.”

That's because he says there are greater numbers needing the traditional feast of turkey, green beans, yams, potatoes and desert.

The Cline family of Salt Lake County has been pitching in since 1997.

“It started as a service project,” says Sarah Holland. “We wanted to do something nice and help somebody out and it’s just become part of a family tradition.”

With names in hand, mobile volunteers lined up to make sure they get all the fixings for those who can't leave home.

The Sunderland's of Sandy picked up four boxes of food for the shut-ins on their list.

77-year old Ray Hernandez of Salt Lake City got his meal.

“This is the first time I’ve done this,” says Hernandez. “It's going to taste good … a lot better than the tacos I was going to eat."

This is the traditional start of volunteering at the Salvation Army. Major Greene says the holidays and Christmas are the biggest demand.

He says anyone interested can visit their website at www.salvationarmy.org to volunteer.
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