CHICAGO – For many people who don’t have a place to call home, the holidays can be a tough time of year.
That’s why the Salvation Army opened its doors on Thursday, welcoming people out of the cold, to ensure everyone gets a warm meal this Thanksgiving.
“People are hungry and we want to be there to fill that need for them,” said Captain Nikki Hughes with The Salvation Army Freedom Center. “We are in mobile contact every day, but today they will get a special meal.”
The event marked the Salvation Army’s first in-person Thanksgiving meal since the pandemic began.
It was an opportunity for community members who may not know where their next meal is coming from to sit back and enjoy their vacation.
“When we think of Thanksgiving, we think of friends and family around the table. Sometimes we just don’t have that,” Hughes said.
For some, sitting down at the dinner table and a warm holiday meal is what they’re thankful for this season.
“It’s a blessing from God to be able to eat something really good for unfortunate people, it tastes really good,” said DJ Beat Master.
This Thanksgiving, the Salvation Army Freedom Center hosted hundreds of people to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal.