Traverse City Salvation Army Hosts Their Annual Thanksgiving Meal

ThanksgivingtcsaMany of us will be eating Thanksgiving dinner with family on Thursday, but not everyone will be able to. That’s especially true with the high price of groceries this year.

Salvation Army in Traverse City wants to make sure everyone has a chance to spend time with others and get a good meal. They hosted their annual community Thanksgiving meal on Wednesday.

Volunteers were ready to serve up to 400 people, almost double the number of people they served last year.

Salvation Army Lieutenant Matthew Winters says “we’re just thankful for the community and their outpouring. It’s been a beautiful thing to see.”

Volunteers took two days out of their holiday week to cook up this meal. They also packed to-go meals for some guests to take home with them.

One first-time volunteer says it was exciting to see people enjoy all the hard work they put into the meal.

The Salvation Army says they actually had almost too many volunteers! “We were saying, hey, we have some other volunteer opportunities because we were so full. And so that’s an exciting thing for us that people are rallying behind this and are excited to serve the community,” says Winters.

Sarah Heuser is only 12 years old, but has been coming out to help with this meal for years. She enjoys getting to spend time with the other volunteers and talking to those who come for the meal. She says “it just feels really cool to be a part of it. And I know if I were in need, I would love to go to this.”

Lieutenant Winters says it’s “a special moment, and we’re looking forward…to sit around the table with strangers and still get that same feel of: this is family.”

You can find more information about volunteering by clicking here.