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HARTFORD KEEPS A THANKSGIVING TRADITION ALIVE!

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Released 26 November 2012

HARTFORD KEEPS A THANKSGIVING TRADITION ALIVE!

HMPT12(Several volunteers just before they began boxing up holiday meals.)

HARTFORD - Each year on Thanksgiving, The Salvation Army's Greater Hartford Area Services offers holiday meals for homebound seniors and shut-ins. Thanksgiving and Christmas are holidays when the Meals on Wheels Program does not operate. Yet these are the days when a hot nutritious meal brought by a friendly visitor is generally most appreciated.

Started in 1970, the Holiday Meals Program has steadily grown and now serves more than 700 seniors on each Thanksgiving and Christmas morning. About 200 volunteers and The Salvation Army's staff help to prepare and deliver the meals, as well as provide a friendly visit to each senior. The well-balanced meals are delivered hot and are low in fat and sodium, providing for the dietary restrictions often placed upon seniors. A beverage and dessert are also included, along with a donated copy of the Hartford Courant.

Major Brian Glasco, Greater Hartford Area Coordinator, said, "We are truly blessed to have so many volunteers take time out of their family time to help others on Thanksgiving morning. For many of our recipients, this is probably the only direct contact they will have on this holiday and I thank God that we can make their day a little more comfortable and fulfilling."


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