November 17, 2005
The Salvation Army isn’t serving Thanksgiving dinner this year. But the reason why may surprise you. News 12 finds out why they’re closed this holiday.
Today it’s fried chicken and biscuits for lunch at the Salvation Army on Greene Street. Just about every day, the Army serves up hot lunches and dinners. But this year, they’ll be closed Thanksgiving Day.
“We’ve actually found we have less people on Thanksgiving night than we typically do on an average night,” said Tracie Parker.
And it seems, most regular patrons already know where to go for turkey and the trimmings.
“We’ve discovered over the years is that Thanksgiving is just not a need. There are so many agencies and organizations and churches that provide Thanksgiving dinner,” Parker said.
Now smaller ministries are feeding the extra people. Here at L.O.T.S. Ministries this kitchen usually fees 600 people, this year they’re expecting a few hundred more.
L.O.T.S. has a church service before meals. Leader Betty Crenshaw isn’t worried she may have a few more in line for pumpkin pie, she has the space.
“We block off Monument Street, and the city allows us to do that, and we put the tables outside, down the middle of the street,” Crenshaw said.
And the extra food? Betty isn’t worried about that either.
“I have faith that it’s gonna be here,” Crenshaw said.
It seems there’s more than enough to go around this Thanksgiving.
The Salvation Army says they will serve a Christmas meal this year. There are plenty of other options…
10:00- City of Refuge Christian Center
11:00- Masters Table, Augusta Rescue Mission, Downtown
12:00- New Bethlehem Community Center
12:30- L.O.T.S. ministries