How would you feel if you were expecting 3,800 people for dinner, and you didn't have close to the amount of food you needed.
That's just how the Salvation Army feels right now.
They need 500 frozen turkeys and all the fixings for Tucson's 28th Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner, but they have only three turkeys in the freezer.
Needy Tucsonans and those who would like to spend the holiday with others, instead of alone, enjoy the free dinner.
The Salvation Army believes the need has grown so it expects to serve 20% more meals this year than it did last year.
The Salvation Army's Major Duke Markham says many people are struggling.
"So, if there's an opportunity for them to kind of catch their breath and to take a little bit off of their plate, so to say, and come and share off our plate, well then that's an opportunity for them to do that, and come and get that break that they need." Markham says.
The Salvation Army is about three weeks away from the huge community dinner, and it's missing everything, almost all the turkeys and all of the fixings.
The organization says it's depending on generosity that has become a tradition.
"It's always easy to start to panic a little bit and when you see the resources that are not there yet. But Tucson generally has a very good heart, and we're hoping that that tradition continues again this year.
This is from the Salvation Army news release:
Food donations are being accepted at The Salvation Army, 1001 N. Richey and The Hospitality House, 1021 N. 11th Ave. Financial donations may also be mailed to 1001 N. Richey Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85716 (Attention Thanksgiving/Christmas Dinner).
Additional bulk donation items needed for the Thanksgiving Meal include:
Eggs (30 DZ)
Dinner Rolls -Heat & Serve (140 DZ)
Flour (100 lbs.)
Turkey Stuffing / Corn Bread Mix (8 cases)
White Bread Loaves (50 – 1.5 lb loaves)
Brown Sugar (50 lbs)
Cranberry Sauce ( 6 cases - #10 Cans)
Whipped Cream or Topping (3 cases)
Instant Potatoes (7 cases- #10 Can)
Gallons of Milk (30 G)
Bananas and oranges.
Loaves of White Sandwich Bread & Sliced Meats
Hand Sanitizers (Travel Size)
While Thanksgiving volunteer positions have been filled, Christmas volunteer positions are still available but quickly filling up. To volunteer please call 795-9671.
To help The Salvation Army, please call 795-9671 or visit the web site for more information.
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