Salvation Army Volunteers Prepare Thanksgiving Dinners for Homebound Residents

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WDEF-TV) – While you were reading those Black Friday sale inserts and watching the Thanksgiving day parade, some of your neighbors were focused on people who could easily be overlooked.

The chefs at the Salvation Army have been cooking for several days now.
They prepared more food than they needed for Wednesday’s Thanksgiving Lunch and the volunteers showed up early this morning to pack the food for city wide delivery.

STACEY CRISP, DIR. VOLUNTEER SERVICES, THE SALVATION ARMY "We have about ..at least 60 volunteers who helped us with the packing of the meals. A lot of families come… lots of people bring their children and it gives them an opportunity to teach their children and show their children what it means to give back."

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That was indeed what 8 year old Nick Luse had in mind when he came with his family.

NICK LUSE, VOLUNTEER "I want to be thankful for the stuff I have, and get things to poor people."

The lunch boxes were loaded up, and members of the Christian Motorcyclists Association made sure they got to the 500 needy individuals and families.

DALE REDDEN, CHRISTIAN MOTORCYCLISTS ASSOCIATION "We knock on the door, introduce ourselves….we ask them if there are any needs we can pray for them…things like that."

In other words, there was plenty of interaction with those they set out to serve.

STACEY CRISP "A lot of these people have been ..they’re either ill or elderly and shut in or they don’t have family members to intercede and let them know they are being thought of."

DALE REDDEN "One year, a lady asked for a walking cane. And that was that simple…you know, we contacted someone to get her a walking cane."

Those dinners, by the way, were traditional in every respect..with turkey and dressing and cranberry sauce.
It may be the best meal some Chattanoogans get all year.