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Salvation Army preps for Thanksgiving dinner

November 21, 2018

The Salvation Army in Beatrice is getting ready for its annual Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday.

The annual meal is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Salvation Army, 120 S 7th St. Delivery is also available starting after noon by calling 402-223-3341.

Lt. Joseph Irvine, who heads Beatrice’s Salvation Army, said the yearly dinner attracts big crowds.

“We’ve seen the number of people come in around 200,” said Irvine.

The dinner will feature your classic Thanksgiving staples — turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, and other foods. This year, the Salvation Army is peeling its own potatoes, according to Irvine, with much of the prep work taking place on Wednesday.

So how much food does it take to feed hundreds on Thanksgiving?

“A lot of food,” said Irvine, who couldn’t precisely say how much food the Salvation Army goes through on a day like Thanksgiving.

The office’s chapel will be used for the serving area, with a projector showing holiday movies during the dinner.

The Salvation Army is also preparing for one of its biggest fundraising periods of the year with the Red Kettle Campaign. Volunteers will be at various businesses ringing bells and taking donations in the annual holiday fundraising drive.

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