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Salvation Army Steps Up Again, Feeds Thousands

By: Jason Aubry Email
By: Jason Aubry Email

For many, Thanksgiving Day is a time of reflection on the blessings in their lives. It's shared with friends and family around a table, often over turkey and stuffing. But for some, it's just another day struggling to make ends meet, scrounging for a meal in the cold November air. This year, as they have for the past 20 years, the Salvation Army of El Paso County made finding that meal a little easier.

"That's the purpose here, to demonstrate the love of God on a day when we have so much to be thankful for," says Walt Wilkinson, a soldier in the Salvation Army, at the Manitou Springs location.

With a total of six locations, in and around Colorado Springs, the charitable organization was ready to feed up to 5,000 people Thursday. It took an army of volunteers, from the soldiers at Fort Carson who cooked more than 250 turkeys, to the several members of the American Culinary Federation who helped serve them, to make Thursday's event a success.

"The atmosphere today has been one of hope and excitement and a community coming together," says Rose Mertz, Director of Development for the El Paso County Salvation Army.

By the end of the day, thousands of people walked away from the Salvation Army dinners with a full stomach, and hopefully a lighter spirit.


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  • by Kimberly Location: Manitou on Nov 27, 2009 at 07:15 AM
    Just wanted to say thank you to everyone who was at Manitou town hall yesterday for giving my family a wonderful Thanksgiving and i big thank you to Mr. Wilkerson. God bless, the Collins family
  • by jack Location: el paso county on Nov 26, 2009 at 07:20 PM
    hey like where is the gentleman kettle worker that really loved the people and the kids at the kettle , in fact i never seen a marvelous person there such warmth and kindness and he known and im not kidding . 400 songs to his vocabuary there. shame on the s.a locally im for the s.a but not locally here bcasue of this travesty its christmas and the local people here of the salvation army just goes around ignoring people like this .. hey kktv check it out you guys always talk abt volunteers bell ringers being needed here why dont you send some one aand check it out there.
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