t'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.
Prep work for the dinner is expected to get under way as early as Tuesday, according to Salvation Army Capt. Terri Cheshire, continuing daily until the Nov. 25 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 next week,” Cheshire said with a chuckle. “We'll be working on getting all of the vegetables ready and start cooking turkeys. The bulk of the work gets done the day before, however, and that's when we really need our volunteers the most.”
Cheshire 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,” said Cheshire. “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.”
Cheshire said volunteers are expected to begin delivering meals to homebound residents at approximately 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 25, but there's plenty of work for the Salvation Army staff and volunteers to do in the meantime.