Salvation Army of Aiken serves meals and hope on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving isn't until Thursday, but the Salvation Army of Aiken was serving up turkey on Wednesday.
Thanksgiving isn't until Thursday, but the Salvation Army of Aiken was serving up turkey on Wednesday.

AIKEN, S.C. (WJBF) – Thanksgiving isn’t until Thursday, but the Salvation Army of Aiken was serving up turkey on Wednesday.

Volunteers have been preparing to feed hundreds of people during the annual Thanksgiving community meal.

Many people WJBF NewsChannel 6 spoke with say if it wasn’t for the Salvation Army of Aiken they wouldn’t even have a Thanksgiving meal. However more important than the stuffing food is spending the day with family.

From the youngest to the oldest, no one holds back from filling up their tummies.

“We enjoyed everything about the meal,” said Tyrone Drayton. “Everything was good and everything was fine.”

“The food was great, the turkey the ham, it was just wonderful to see everybody come out just eat and joining together.”  Toni Holliengsworth told WJBF NewsChannel 6.

For Chad Glover coming back to the Salvation Army of Aiken every year is extra special. He says for the last 4 years he was homeless, but through the group found new hope.

“How thankful are you to have an organization like this?” Asked WJBF NewsChannel 6’s Stefany Bornman.

“They helped me through my hard times with clothes, food and all kinds of stuff,” Glover told WJBF NewsChannel 6. “I don’t know how to thank them.”

If it wasn’t for the volunteers and donors that provide the free meal, Glover like many other people say they wouldn’t even celebrate the holiday.

All these people from all walks of life sharing a meal and sitting together at a table, reflects the actually meaning of Thanksgiving.

“Did you learn in school why we celebrate Thanksgiving?” Asked WJBF NewsChannel 6’s Stefany Bornman.

“Yes because of the pilgrims, when they got off the Mayflower and when they had their first Thanksgiving.” Derihanna Dunbar and Kamryn Middleton said.

After the hearty dinner many people shared what they are thankful for this year.

“I’m thankful for my family and friends,” said Brianca Jones. “I’m thankful for God blessing me to have a wonderful little girl.”

“Right now I’m thankful for, I just moved into a new apartment and its been great. I can’t ask for anything else.” Glover told WJBF NewsChannel 6.

The Salvation Army of Aiken provides holiday assistance for more than 500 families in the area.

They say on Wednesday alone 240 people were served a Thanksgiving meal.

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