Salvation Army Serves Hundreds of Thanksgiving Meals, Reuniting Central Texas Community

WACO, Texas (KWTX) – Everyone deserves a hot meal and getting together with others on Thanksgiving, so the Salvation Army made sure to deliver just that by handing out hundreds of free meals in Waco on Thursday.

People lined up, ready to grab a plate full of turkey and a slice of their assortment of pies.

“I myself was one of the homeless brothers and among the homeless sisters,” said Virgil Bell of Waco.

“I say you never know where a person has been. “

Bell says he’s been here year after year as someone in need of a meal, but now to come together with the fellowship community.

“I love to mingle with those who have small and humble beginnings and spread love,” Bell said.

“Every move I make is about love.”

The event has people returning for great food and support.

Natalie McClure went from sitting down for a meal to serving them.

“First, I started out as someone who came and used the Salvation Army,” McClure said.

“I was homeless for several years here in Waco, and then ended up moving to Sally’s House of the Salvation Army. After that, I decided it was time to give back.

Giving back to the community is now a tradition.

“It keeps me on the ground,” McClure said.

“It reminds me of where I’m from and that everyone has the capacity to move forward.”

“It’s so nice getting to know people and having a family to come and support you with,” said Piper Starling.

Piper has been coming to volunteer every year since she was 2 years old. This year is now her family’s 10th year of volunteering.

“You can do it as a family and according to tradition,” she said.

“The definition of Thanksgiving is giving back to those who don’t have it,” said Sam Starling, Piper’s father.

The Salvation Army had a special partnership with HEB this year to make this happen in lieu of their annual Sharing Day event, usually held before Thanksgiving but canceled due to COVID-19.

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