Salvation Army needs donations for Thanksgiving dinners

By: Ashley Harding

The need for help is up, but the Salvation Army worries there won't be enough to feed all needy families who come through. They were able to help 220 families Monday, but were forced to turn some away. Their hope is that they won't have to do it again Tuesday or Wednesday.

Outside of the Salvation Army, dozens of needy families are happy to receive a Thanksgiving dinner. Inside, dozens more wait to hear their number called. Sarah Heisler and Allen Tilley were among them.

“We've been here for a couple of hours now. Waiting to get a turkey for Thanksgiving,” said Heisler.

For Tilley, the little ones at home are counting on getting that turkey.

 “They keep asking me, 'When are we going to start cooking the turkey?'. It'll mean a lot to them,” said Tilley.

These people are among the lucky ones. Salvation Army officials say when they opened their doors at 12:00, the lines for people to get food had extended all the way around the building. Just forty minutes later, they were forced to turn people away. They say it's because they've seen a jump in demand and a drop in donations since last Thanksgiving.  Clarice Mackey with the Salvations Army worries there won't be enough food to go around.

 “This year, it just hasn't come. I think there are a lot of families that are struggling this year. The donations are even down from what we've had in the past. Way down,” said Mackey.

Officials say monetary donations are accepted. They really need turkeys and all the trimmings to help make that Thanksgiving dinner complete. The hope is others will get what they need in time.

“Donate. Do whatever you can. That's what we're all here trying to do,” said Tilley.

“There are places like this, where we can come to and get turkeys and what we need,” said Heisler.

Donations can be dropped off at the Salvation Army from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Turkey dinners will be handed out from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

Monetary donations can be made online at: