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11/17/05 - Lufkin

Salvation Army Canceled Annual Community-Wide Dinner

by Ramonica R. Jones

The gymnasium is where the Salvation Army usually hosts its annual turkey day dinner. But instead of hungry and homeless East Texans, this year, the gym is packed with boxes of food, clothes, and supplies for hurricane evacuees and less fortunate families.

Captain Lola Maldonado said, "We are still in disaster mode and it has been a challenge for us, plus, our staff has worked very hard. As you know, they were on call 24/7 and we just feel that, right now, with the holiday season and everything, it's just impossible."

But those who count on the dinner and have no where else to go for Thanksgiving are not out of luck.

"We have other organizations that will be providing the Thanksgiving dinner. What we're doing is providing the food baskets for them. We are making sure that no one goes without during this holiday season. If someone needs food, they can call our offices and we will make sure that they are covered and that they will have something on their table."

It won't be the same, but volunteers know this is just a temporary setback. They realize being able to help thousands of evacuees this year, during their time of need, is something to be thankful for.

This is the first time in many years the Salvation Army will not host the dinner. Volunteers usually serve a traditional Thanskgiving meal to about a thousand people.

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