Salvation Army plans to feed 1,000 on Thanksgiving

Posted at 9:13 PM, Nov 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-24 06:29:51-05

On one of our country's most beloved holidays, one volunteer is giving back the love she once received.

The Salvation Army has a year-round mission, but the holiday season is when it makes the biggest impact.

Inside this freezer are hundreds of smiles, smiles that may not have happened without the Salvation Army.

"1,500 pounds of turkey. We have 150 pies and we have 680 pounds of sweet potatoes," Salvation Army Area Commander Captain Ken Chapman said. 

That's a lot of smiles. This isn't Anna Nelson's first thanksgiving at 102 North Denver.

"There's people come here and say that we don't know how they feel and I just tell them I do," she said. "I've been in that position once before."

Nelson was homeless in 2014. After a year, she got back on her feet. She's a full time receptionist and lives in a one bedroom apartment. Thursday, Nelson will be one of more than a hundred volunteers to serve some Tulsans a turkey dinner.

"I see hundreds of people come through those doors on Thanksgiving just to be appreciated and be able to have a meal to eat," Nelson said. 

It's taken two months of preparation. They're expecting to feed more than 1,000 mouths, but the people holding the serving spoons love to do it.

"Sometimes just somebody coming along side and saying you're not alone helps them get to the next step," Capt. Chapman said.

So as you eat and smile, remember the people who may not get the chance to do the same.

No one will be turned away at the Salvation Army. They will serve a hot meal Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.