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Released 23 November 2011

at The Salvation ArmyThanksgiving 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 becomes clearer.
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 Willimantic.

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 in need.
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.

Major David 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."

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