Salvation Army Helena adds community spirit to Thanksgiving meal

Nolan Lister

The Salvation Army Helena hosted hundreds in its gymnasium Thursday for a community Thanksgiving dinner prepared and served by about 40 volunteers.

More than 200 people were served their choice of pumpkin pie with or without whipped cream Thursday during The Salvation Army Helena’s annual Thanksgiving Day meal service.

Nolan Lister

Maj. Iva West of the local Salvation Army said the organization served 131 meals by noon and expected to serve about 250 by the end of the event Thursday afternoon.

“But we prepared for a little more than that,” West said.

The nearly 40 volunteers from the Helena area began meal preparations “early morning” Wednesday, she said.

The turkeys and trimmings, including stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy and pumpkin pie with or without whipped cream, were donated to the Christian nonprofit by local individuals and businesses.  

Salvation Army Helena volunteer Al Todd takes a break to serve himself up a Thanksgiving meal at the nonprofit’s annual meal service held Thursday.

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