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Salvation Army serves thousands of Thanksgiving meals to those in need

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Thanksgiving Day was a busy one for those volunteering with The Salvation Army.

Between locations in Colorado Springs, Manitou Springs, Fountain, Woodland Park, and home deliveries about 3,000 meals were served.

For volunteers and those who received a meal, it's a day they'll never forget. 

"It means a lot and I'm very grateful for it." 

Lenora Crawford is talking about having a free meal for her and her four children. It's something she is thankful for especially this Thanksgiving. 

"I'm homeless, you know, me and my children...I'm very thankful for The Salvation Army and all they do to help other people around the world." 

Captain Erin Kauffman of The Salvation Army said, "So many people come here to give a blessing, but what is so ironic is that when you come here to give you like receive a double blessing from helping someone." 

Volunteer Rose Woods said, "My kids are all grown and everybody's out of town so I really didn't have people to cook for today, so I'd rather just come and spend it with people that we can give to. Even though they're not family, they're family now." 

Major General Randy George of Fort Carson agrees. He and 20 others soldiers were also giving their time to volunteer. 

George said, "This is what Thanksgiving is all about. Thanksgiving's all about family and sharing a sense of family, and we have that here in Colorado Springs...we've been blessed today to meet a whole bunch of volunteers that have been doing this for years and it warms your heart just to see all the people giving back to the community." 
 

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