Salvation Army serves Thanksgiving feast to thousands

Volunteers from Salvation Army, Smokey Bones, Golden Corral team up

By Justin Warmoth - Anchor

ORLANDO, Fla. - Imagine serving more than 25,000 people on Thanksgiving. Volunteers from the Salvation Army in downtown Orlando did just that Thursday.

4,000 pounds of turkey, 3,000 pounds of ham and all of the usual Thanksgiving sides, the annual "Helpings from the Heart Thanksgiving Feast" has been helping feed the less-fortunate on Thanksgiving for over two decades

"This is our 21st year and God has blessed us with an opportunity to serve others and me with another 1,500 volunteers will put on an incredible Thanksgiving feast for anyone that wants a meal," said Eric Holm, a Golden Corral executive.

Holm is the man behind the operation, which is expected to feed over 25,000 by the end of Thursday. Preparations started on Monday and thousands of volunteers have been working non-stop this week -- some even making it a tradition.

Today's event was Elder Dorian Williams' first time volunteering, but he says it isn't his last.

"This is what we're supposed to do, this is what Thanksgiving is all about. Helping other people, being thankful and giving them exactly what they need, a helping hand," said Williams.

A line formed around 7 a.m. Thursday, full of hungry folks like Frank Cerosby. The event was his third time coming to one of the nations largest Thanksgiving's and this year -- like every year -- he's thankful for the volunteers that put the charity event on.

He said, "They're willing to put out the effort and work to make sure that we get a meal. That's what benefits most about Thanksgiving."

Thursday's event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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