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Volunteers give back on Thanksgiving

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Posted: Nov 25, 2009 3:59 PM by Dana Hackett
Updated: Nov 25, 2009 4:06 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Thanksgiving, Holiday Helpers, Salvation Army, volunteers

Volunteers around Baton Rouge are giving back to those in need on Thanksgiving.

Holiday Helpers volunteers already started preparations for the big feast, which will be held on Thanksgiving Day. Cooks spent the day preparing food, including 50 turkeys. Hundreds of people are expected to be served from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Baton Rouge River Center on Thursday.

The Salvation Army spent the day passing out free meals to people in Brookstown, one of the city's heavily crime-ridden areas. Volunteers went door to door giving free Thanksgiving dinners to residents. Some residents said the tough economy is making it hard to get through the holidays.

This is the first time the Salvation Army has traveled around neighborhoods to give out meals. Typically the group holds a dinner at a community center.

"This is taking it a little further," said Major Stephen Long, with the Salvation Army. "We are taking the initiative and going out where people are out on the streets."

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