Published: Fri, November 24, 2017
World | By Camille Rivera

Salvation Army hosts annual Thanksgiving dinner in Springfield

Salvation Army hosts annual Thanksgiving dinner in Springfield

In addition, more than 18,000 gifts were given to children and the elderly through numerous community programs provided by the Lynchburg Salvation Army.

Gratitude filled the room as sweet potato, cornbread and turkey filled the bellies of dozens of people fighting different storms. Darlene Lockett says a warm meal around this time is a blessing.

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.

The Salvation Army in Montgomery served hot meals for over 450 people in need this Thanksgiving.

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Spokesperson Alice Wannan says this year, you'll find volunteers out at stores on the busiest days, which are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Everyone in the Salvation Army dining room had an important reason to be there on Thanksgiving Day.

"I'm loving it. The people in this community are very generous", Jackson said. "This year, we blacked out Wednesday because of Thanksgiving and that allowed me the chance to come and help".

People can also sign up online by going to and clicking on "Adopt an Angel", Jackson said.

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The Salvation Army's goal this year is $70,000 and they need more volunteers to achieve this.

Now, the Army assists more than 4.5 million people during the holiday season, thanks in part to kettle donations.

He said he and his wife look forward to seeing fellow volunteers.

"Thanksgiving is just the beginning of our work in the community", he said. "The money went towards Christmas hampers to ensure everyone who needed a hamper was able to get one". "There is great power in all our Belk associates and customers rallying around one cause - and we really want to focus all of our efforts on this impactful campaign".

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Lilly Lindsey, 10, said, "I love helping the community".

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