Up to 250 meals were served to those in need Thanksgiving Day at the Salvation Army’s Montgomery Street headquarters. Major Philip Swyers of the Salvation Army says many of those who turned out for turkey and all the trimmings are those living at the facility.
But others came from the community, some who were in need of food and others who were in need of companionship. A man named Terrence told us “It’s both, I need the food but being here with all these people kind of makes of for not being near my family now. And Cindy told us “it’s the food but it’s also about a kind word and a smile.”
“Certainly to see all these volunteers come out for Thanksgiving we hope it helps them who we serve and hopefully they will return as volunteers throughout the year,” says Major Swyers.
One of those who was impressed with the food and the volunteers was Phyliss Blackwell who has been living at the Salvation Army’s shelter for the past three months. She is there with here three small children, ages 7, 5 and 3. “I’m glad that were a lot of people around helping out and being supportive,” she told us. “And my children had fun so that’s the most important thing.”
In terms of volunteers, we found old and young, including nine year old Kylen Heard who told me he wanted to do something “exciting” on Thanksgiving and he wasn’t disappointed in his volunteer services. “It was good helping other people and making them happy,” he said. “It was very kind that everybody came here today.”