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Salvation Army volunteers prepare to serve more than 2,000 people on Thanksgiving

Posted at 6:17 AM, Nov 23, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-23 08:44:35-05

The Salvation Army is hosting its annual Thanksgiving dinner for the less fortunate. This year it is expecting to serve more than 2,000 meals and it's all thanks to generosity of the Tucson community.

For the first time in 33 years, the event will be hosted at the hospitality house on Speedway and Main. 

Volunteers want to show the community the resources they provide the homeless, how their donations are being used and what programs are offered throughout the year for the community.

Caridad Community Kitchen, of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, is cooking all of the turkeys. 

The Salvation Army has volunteers driving to people's houses to drop off meals. They are delivering 600 meals to homebound individuals.

The organization struggled with donations this year. However, as of Monday, the Salvation Army had only 40 turkeys, but the Tucson community came through as they always do and met the goal of 300 turkeys, even surpassed the goal and collected over 800 turkeys. Spokesperson Corey Leith says, the left over turkeys will be used for the Christmas dinner.

The meal is from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and anyone is welcome to attend. 

The Salvation Army would like to thank the Tucson community for their donations.