Hundreds served at Salvation Army Thanksgiving meal

By: Lanetra Bennett | WCTV Eyewitness News
November 22, 2017

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Turkey, sweet potato souffle, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn and rolls.

As good as all of that looks and tastes, many people come, as Tallahassee resident Jermaine Miller puts it, "Just to see a lot of new faces and old friends of mine."

Miller has attended the Salvation Army's annual Thanksgiving meal for each of the five years the organization has held the event.

This year's event was held during lunch at the Salvation Army Headquarters on Allen Road in Tallahassee.

"It's a great thing that they're doing this for the community, for people that can't make it to their family. Some people can't make it home. Some people can't get to them," Miller said.

Ervin Whitehead is grateful to finally get to sit around a table together with his wife and kids for Thanksgiving. "Mostly I'm working and out of town. So, this year, I'm here with my family. It feels good. I enjoy the food that the Salvation Army is providing," he said.

Byron Smith said, "It's always a blessing to have a place like this in the community. Most people don't really got the opportunity. So, I'm very thankful."

A major driving force behind the event is the volunteers. Dozens of people from the community took part in the event.

Those attending didn't even have to wait in line. All they had to do was sit down, and their food, drink, and dessert were served to them, thanks to volunteers.

10-year-old volunteer Lilly Lindsey said, "I love helping the community. I just want to give back to everyone."

More than 300 people were expected to be served.

"I'm real stuffed right now." Smith said.

WCTV's Abby Walton was serving as the greeter for people coming in to enjoy their meal. She's on the Salvation Army's advisory board.

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