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Salvation Army finalizing Thanksgiving plans

November 19, 2011

It's turkey time at the Big Spring Salvation Army, as the local charity prepares to open its arms — and its kitchen — to the community for its annual Thanksgiving dinner Thursday.

Prep work for the dinner is expected to get under way as early as Tuesday, according to Salvation Army Social Worker Bessie Flores, continuing daily until the Thursday meal is ready to be served.

“We'll actually bring in most of the supplies and groceries that Monday, so there's going to be plenty to do at the beginning of the week,” said Flores. “We'll be working on getting all of the vegetables ready and start cooking turkeys — about 20 of them — sometime Tuesday. The bulk of the work gets done the day before, however, and that's when we really need our volunteers the most.”

Flores said several local civic groups are expected to volunteer their time to make the Thanksgiving feast a success, but more help is always welcome around the local charity's kitchen.

“It really is just an immense amount of work, and it has to be done in a fairly short period of time,” Flores said. “Our volunteers are absolutely vital to that process. We have groups that come in just about every year and help, and this year we're hoping to see some new faces as well. Giving your time and volunteering during Thanksgiving really gives you a new perspective on the holiday.”

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