Salvation Army Community Thanksgiving Luncheon

LUFKIN,TX (KTRE)-It's called the gift of giving, and it's the reason volunteers are here at the Salvation Army helping with the Annual Community Thanksgiving Luncheon.

Volunteer, Michelle Jaworski says, "I was always taught to give back and good things will come back to you."

It was quite a line but not a long wait, to get a hot plate piled with turkey and dressing and all the trimmings. It is a meal that many were truly thankful for.

"I'm happy because they're giving a gift for people that can't afford food and we're on a budget," says Thomas Wood waiting in line to receive his dinner.

Salvation Army officials were unsure if they would be able to feed the community this year because of the economy but generous donors came through.

"I did worry because there have been a lot of layoffs and the economic situation was looking bad but donations are steady we are being blessed so far," says Captain Luis Melendez with the Salvation Army.

One special volunteer traveled all the way from Liverpool, England just to help those in Lufkin in need. "It's amazing to be part of the American heritage and to be helping others because some people need more help and to be part of that makes me feel quite proud, says Jamie Box eagerly passing out drinks to those in line.

The Salvation Army served 812 meals today, even though they originally planned for 700. The Salvation Army wanted to give a special thank you to NFL Cleveland Browns player, Rex Hadnot  and his mother for donating to purchase the turkey for this year's dinner.