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Salvation Army hosts Thanksgiving feast for community
For more than 20 years the Hastings Salvation Army has been providing a community meal for Thanksgiving. While donations were down this year, the event still went on without a hitch. That's probably because there were more than 120 volunteers serving and behind the scenes.
Volunteers started early Thursday morning, cooking the turkey, mashed potatoes, and all the fixings ready for a crowd of about 250.
228 people loaded their trays. It was served up by Hastings residents who wanted to give back on this holiday where we all give thanks for the things we have.
"It seems like there's a lot of bad things happening in the world. But when you look around here, with all the people and volunteers it resets your mind to thinking there's a reason to be a Christian and a reason to be here," said volunteer Jerry Post.
"It's not just people who have nowhere to eat or who are poor or homeless. There are also people who are alone or who want to give back in the community be a participant of good ties we have in the community," said Hastings Salvation Army Major Abe Tamayo.
Friday the Salvation Army will begin its Red Kettle Campaign.
As you're out doing your Black Friday shopping, you'll see bell ringers in front of area businesses. This year's Hastings Salvation Army goal: $175,000.
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