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Thousands Chow Down at Salvation Army Thanksgiving Dinner

Thousands filled their tummies at the annual Salvation Army Thanksgiving Dinner at the Neal Blaisdell Center. It is the 42nd year of serving up free hot meals to anyone with an appetite.

550 community organizations donated the food and you bet there was enough to go around.

"Over 900 pounds of turkey, 500 pounds of stuffing, 45 gallons of gravy, 375 pounds of rice, 300 pounds of corn, 10 cases of fresh pineapple, 2500 rolls and the list just goes on and on and on," said Major John Chamness of the Salvation Army.

2,000 plates were served by hundreds of volunteers who believe no one should go without a traditional Thanksgiving meal.

"It makes you appreciate all that you have," said volunteer Anita Hodges from the Hawaii Ski Club.

"It gives me the feeling of knowing that there's holidays you can spend with family and if not, at least there are other places you can go to," said Oliver of Waimanalo.

"I have no family here. I thought I would come down and enjoy turkey dinner with everybody," said Windward Oahu resident Keith Rollins.

For the first time, the Salvation Army held a smaller dinner in Windward O'ahu at its Kaneohe headquarters. About 200 people chowed down; grateful to be surrounded by friends and family on this Thanksgiving day.

Statewide, the Salvation Army served up 7,000 meals. 75 dinners were also delivered to the homeless in Waimanalo.


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