Hundreds enjoy Thanksgiving meal served up by Salvation Army

Hundreds of volunteers were helping serve people a Thanksgiving meal at the Salvation Army Thursday

Chef Kehler and his crew, the volunteers and the workers at the Salvation Army are all happy to put a smile on so many faces this Thanksgiving.

Gratitude filled the room as sweet potato, cornbread and turkey filled the bellies of dozens of people fighting different storms.

These meals are boxed up, placed in cars, and hand-delivered to more than 500 people in Chattanooga who are home-bound.

Valerie and Cecil Willard, of Danville, shared a table with a family member and some people they see regularly at the Salvation Army's lunch program. "But we've known them for the last 20 years", Cramer said. She's already getting a good response; the agency is farther along for volunteer bell ringing signups than this time a year ago.

But officials with the Salvation Army in Albany said there is a real need for more bell ringers and volunteers to help them accomplish their mission.

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Latasha Walker is a stay at home mom and said she wants to set an example for her children. "It's not one group of people serving another group, it's everyone sitting down and enjoying dinner together", Shiels said. "Every year I come, and I always get the prettiest one".

"I'm doing a good deed for the Salvation Army".

"We do all the trimmings", Staff Sargent Marc Scozzafava said.

The Salvation Army kicked off their annual Christmas Kettle Campaign on Wednesday. Community members can place monetary donations inside the red kettles, which will be stationed in prominent retail locations, such as Schiel's, Boscov's, Walmart, Sam's Club, Macy's and Big Lots until December 23. Now she's 13 and they are still volunteering each Thanksgiving Day. "I don't have family here I have family in California so this is my second family", said Lockett.

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