TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Preparations were underway early Thursday at the Salvation Army Hospitality House as the organization prepared to serve thousands of people for its annual Thanksgiving meal.
This year the event was held at the hospitality house, located near the intersection of Main Avenue and Speedway Boulevard. It was previously held at a church, but the organization said it wanted to host it at the hospitality house to showcase its services.
Last year, they served 1,600 people and this year they are hoping to feed 2,000 people. More than 250 volunteers helped prepare and cook the meal.
More than 600 meals were delivered to people at their homes by Caridad Community Kitchen.
A few days before the big event, the Salvation Army alerted the public that it was in need of the meal's staple item, turkeys. The community sprang into action, donating hundreds of turkeys to make sure thousands of people would get fed.
The organization also received a $15,000 donation from the Mary Ross Foundation along with a donation from of turkeys from Jim Click.