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Thanksgiving at the Salvation Army

Major Grider says he expects to serve up to a thousand people during their Thanksgiving meal this year. Major Grider says he expects to serve up to a thousand people during their Thanksgiving meal this year.

Blair Bernier
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, TX - The turkeys are roasting and the pies are baking.

And there is more work that goes into making the feast than many might expect...

The Amarillo Salvation Army starts preparing the big Thanksgiving meal more than a week in advance.

This year, they are cooking up to 70 turkeys.

As many as 250 volunteers are helping prepare the meal as the shelter is having to make special arrangements to accommodate the largest number of people they have seen.

Major Tim Grider says, "It's just that simple, there's more food and preparing for that, and asking for above and beyond that, and budgeting as well for above and beyond that, which right now is difficult because the economy is hurting all of us greatly."

Major Grider says he expects to serve up to a thousand people during their Thanksgiving meal this year.

He believes the reason for the dramatic increase of people in need is because so many have been moving to Amarillo in hopes of escaping the down economy.

"This past year 48% of those who came to us were not from Texas, the year before it was 5%, so to go from 5 to 48, that is a challenge," says Major Grider.

With so many more people coming through the door this Thanksgiving, there might not be enough tables to serve everyone in need.

"It takes a toll on me when I have to turn people away, it hurts my heart...it hurts me when I have to say you can't have this or we can't do that," says Kitchen Manager Leroy Johnson.

But the Salvation Army believes it can always count on one thing...

"Faith truly is what always prepares us," says Major Grider.

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