Salvation Army prepares Thanksgiving dinner

PLATTSBURGH The traditional staple foods for a Thanksgiving meal stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and, of course, turkey will come together with the help of dozens of volunteers as the Salvation Army hosts its annual Thanksgiving dinner. Weeks of preparation will culminate this Thursday at the Plattsburgh Elks Lodge on Cumberland Avenue, giving the less fortunate a free warm, home-cooked meal. Christa T. Styles, head kitchen supervisor for the Plattsburgh Salvation Army, has been working diligently on the meal, securing donations of food and beverages for the menu that expects to feed upwards of 100-200 people. Well have turkey, ham, potatoes, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, stuffing. Pretty much everything, said Ms. Styles. Donations of food have come from many different sources, from the corporate level to mom and pop produce stands, said Ms. Styles. Though the local Salvation Army chapter typically sees more donations closer to Christmas, she said, year after year more people are getting into the Thanksgiving spirit. The ability to help others has special meaning for Ms. Styles. Coming from a low-income family that was once helped by the Salvation Army, she is now able to show her thanks working for the non-profit organization for the past eight years and organizing a dinner such as this for the first time. It feels really good whenever you can do something for someone else, said Ms. Styles. Its a sense of accomplishment when you do something to help others. Though many of the necessary items for the meal have been secured, the Salvation Army will still accept donations of nonperishable food items as well as store-bought pies and frozen turkeys and hams. Turkeys and hams must arrive at the Salvation Army, located at 4804 S. Catherine St., no later than this Monday, Nov. 19. The dinner at the Plattsburgh Elks Lodge, will be held from 12-3 p.m. Those needing transportation may meet at the Salvation Army where a shuttle service will be provided. Thanksgiving isnt the only time the Salvation Army provides meals to those in need. The organizations soup kitchen is open Monday through Friday, from 12-1 p.m., with a produce distribution line offered after. Volunteers are also welcome. For more information, stop by the Salvation Army community center or call 561-2951.

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