Salvation Army Needs Thanksgiving Meal Donations

By: Catherine Crane Email
By: Catherine Crane Email

Thanksgiving Baskets by Family Size

Items needed to feed 1-2 people a holiday meal:

-1 box of instant potatoes or yams and marshmallows

-1 box of stuffing

-1 gravy mix or can of chicken broth

-1 pie

-1 corn bread mix

-1 can or bag of corn

-1 can of cranberries

Items needed to feed 3-5  people a holiday meal:

-2 cans of grean beans and 2 cans of corn

-1 box of instant potatoes or 2 cans of yams plus a bag of marshmallows

-1 box of stuffing

-2 packets of gravy or cans of chicken broth

-1 pie

-1 can of cranberries

-2 boxes of corn bread mix

Items needed to feed 6 or more peple a holiday meal:

-3 cans or bags of green beans and 3 cans of corn

-1 box of instant potatoes or 3 cans of yams with marshmallows

-2 boxes of stuffing

-3 boxes of gravy or 3 cans of chicken broth

-1 pie

-2 cans of cranberries

-2 boxes of corn bread mix



Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and that means turkey and stuffing is on it's way, but not every family in our community can afford a thanksgiving meal. Here's how you can help.

Right now the Salvation Army has enough food to give about 77 families a Thanksgiving meal, but that's less than half way to their goal of feeding 300 families.

"It's a tradition," said Diann Hare. "Got to have a turkey if you can."
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"Being able to provide the traditional Thanksgiving meal has so many psychological and mental health standpoints,' said Captain Jamie Pennington with the Salvation Army. "To be able to live a part of humanity that you're joining into that."

The Salvation Army says it needs side dish items like potatoes and corn, they like to provide an entire Thanksgiving meal to families.

"It is important for all of us to be thankful for what the Lord provides for us," said Capt. Pennington. "But especially someone who is living in poverty, and struggling day in and day out for them to be able to set aside a time to be thankful they've made it another year that they are able to put this on."

"It's a relief really," said Diann. "I know that the kids will have Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving so I don't have to worry about that. One less thing to worry about."

Dianna Hare is out of work, her family of 9 survives off her husband's salary. She says the donations given by the community mean so much.

"It shows that we care about more than ourselves," said Diann. "We give to help others, it just makes you happy, to give and help others who are less fortunate."

Captain Jamie says even a $5 donation of food can make a big difference.

You can drop off donations at the Salvation Army at 27th and Holdrege

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