More than 4,000 Philadelphia residents enjoyed a delicious Thanksgiving dinner in the comfort of their homes courtesy of The Salvation Army. The annual “Thanksgiving-to-Go” event aims to provide families in need with a memorable holiday and to raise awareness of hunger in our community.
In the early morning hours on Thanksgiving, more than 60 people from Team Rubicon and Team Red White and Blue, loaded trucks the Thanksgiving meals onto trucks, which were then delivered to three sites across the city for distribution.
“I’m happy that we’re able to help people that need the help,” said Major Philip Ferreira, Director of Operations, the Salvation Army Greater Philadelphia. “But it brings me more joy to see people who want to help others.”
Salvation Army officers, staff and 150 volunteers mobilized at three Salvation Army sites in Philadelphia to distribute fully-cooked Thanksgiving dinners to 800 impoverished families on Thanksgiving morning.
Elisse Droz, her husband and two daughters distributed Thanksgiving meals to families at The Salvation Army’s West Philadelphia Corps Community Center. She hopes it serves as a lesson for her children.
“We want them to know they have a lot and they can always help someone else. Just extend the hand,” Elisse explained.
“Thanksgiving-to-Go” launched four days prior with help from dozens of volunteers, Salvation Army staff and students in the Soup’s On! program. They worked for three days to prepare turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, gravy, cranberry sauce, rolls, and apple pies. Chad Roeger was among those from the local steamfitters union who helped in the kitchen.
“It’s an opportunity to give back. We’ve been blessed in our lives to have a meal everyday this a good chance, especially at Thanksgiving, to give someone else a chance,” Chad said.
Thanksgiving-to-Go is made possible thanks to the generosity of longtime Salvation Army supporters.