Released 23 November 2011
Thanksgiving is . . .
HARTFORD - Thanksgiving is a time for thanks! And here at The Salvation Army
we are thankful for many things - family, friends, neighbors and acquaintances.
We are thankful for the many prayers and gifts that we have acquired over the
years. We are thankful for our health and for all of God's blessings. We are
also thankful to be able to sit down with family and friends to a wonderful
warm turkey dinner with all the trimmings on the Holiday morning.
But Thanksgiving can also be a time of stress for many. If you are not able
to experience many of these blessings, you may be suffering through a down
period, a time of hardship or illness. Here at The Salvation Army we give
thanks for many things, but most of all, we love to share our blessings with
others and feeding the hungry is an important part of our mission.
When men and women are fed, they can deal with the results of joblessness,
homelessness and finding a way through their fears and struggles. When children
are fed, they live healthier lives and can concentrate on schoolwork. When the
elderly are fed, they become stronger. And when hunger is satisfied God's grace
Here in Connecticut and Rhode Island, we take several
different approaches to helping families and individuals stay fed and nourished
for the Thanksgiving holiday. Some of our Corps are cooking meals during the
week or even serving complete dinners on Thanksgiving morning. Turkey, gravy,
stuffing, mashed potatoes, squash, a piece of pie for dessert and most
importantly - companionship. We offer these complete meals at our Corps in
Ansonia, Bristol, Hartford, Manchester, New Britain, Waterbury, New London, and
Other groups serve family baskets filled with the
traditional "goodies" for a complete holiday meal. The
portions in each basket and the size of the turkey is determined by the number
of people that make up the family. Our Connecticut Corps that will be
supplying baskets for Thanksgiving are Bridgeport, Danbury, Middletown,
Norwalk, Norwich and Stamford and in Rhode island our Providence, Pawtucket and
Newport Corps have distributed over 3,000 Thanksgiving baskets to help people
When our Corps are not delivering baskets or serving dinners,
they are filling orders for groceries. Many of the people
that we help are at our food pantries and offices "Shopping" for the weeks
supplies of groceries. We offer food from our pantries and gift cards to round
out the orders. We are even giving frozen turkeys were we have them - New
Haven, New London, Torrington and Newport, RI.
Champlin, Divisional Commander in Southern New England said, "This is a special
time of year for us here at The Salvation Army. We ask for God's blessing and
we ask for help to serve the many people that need our assistance to make it
through the holiday. The need is great but our compassion is boundless."