Dozens of volunteers from area churches and service organization gathered Wednesday at the Salvation Army shelter on North Broadway Avenue in Tyler to give back to the community in preparation for the agency's annual Thanksgiving Day lunch.

Members of the Rose of Tyler chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and from the congregation of The Bridge Fellowship Church in Martin's Mill carved turkeys, boiled eggs and made stuffing, enough for a planned 1,200 meals. That's an increase from last year, when about 900 meals were served, said Salvation Army spokesperson Lindsey Galabeas. 

Guests and residents at the Salvation Army shelter will dine on smoked turkey - 150 of them, to be exact, donated by Greenberg's Smoked Turkeys in Tyler - and all the trimmings. Most of the preparations for the lunch were accomplished by the volunteers while the regular kitchen staff worked on regular meal service for shelter residents and others in the local homeless community in Tyler.

- Andrew D. Brosig



What: The Salvation Army Thanksgiving lunch

When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday

Where: Center of Hope Dining Room, 633 N. Broadway Ave., Tyler


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