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Volunteers at Charlottesville Salvation Army Prep for Thanksgiving Meals

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Volunteers at Charlottesville’s Salvation Army are hard at work Wednesday cooking up a Thanksgiving feast. Thursday, they will provide a Thanksgiving meal for about 200 people.

Baking 18 turkeys, 11 hams and turning 50 pounds worth of potatoes into mashed potatoes doesn't happen in one day. In fact, Wednesday was the fourth day of meal prep.

Garth Anderson has spent the past 10 Thanksgivings volunteering at Charlottesville’s Salvation Army.

"I feel like I really just need to be out and helping others at this time of year,” said Anderson.

Anderson says the entire community comes together to make the dinner special - from the grocery stores that donate the food, to the kitchen staff that turn it into a delicious meal.

"Albemarle Baking Company will bring in 20 plus pies, and he has his children bring them in and I've actually seen his children growing up as they bring in those pies so it's really special in so many ways,” said Anderson.

There will be an afternoon and evening Thanksgiving dinner at the Salvation Army. Volunteers are also prepping meals to be delivered to families.

Kitchen supervisor Barbara Bellamy says the dinner is about more than just a good plate of food; it's a way for people to bond with one another and feel special.

"They sit down and people come and take the plates to them and they'll be kind of like in shock, 'Oh nobody ever serves us.' They get served everything,” said Bellamy.

Thursday's Thanksgiving feast is just one of the thousands of meals served at Charlottesville’s Salvation Army each year.

"We're really creating a circle of food security here in Charlottesville, so three meals a day, 365 days a year if you are within distance of this facility, there's no way anyone's going hungry,” said Josh Kaufman-Horner, director of the Salvation Army Center for Hope.

The first Thanksgiving feast is from noon until 1 p.m. at the Salvation Army. They will serve up food again from 6:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. Anybody is welcome to the dinner.

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