Salvation Army serves up annual Christmas Day meal in Vancouver

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As well as yesterday's Christmas Day lunch, the Whangarei Salvation Army also gave out around 220 Christmas hampers to families in need in the lead up to Christmas, along with many toys that had been donated.

Families volunteered together and ate together, which is what the day is all about. Around 50 volunteers served almost 1,000 meals Christmas day.

They'll enjoy Cornish hen with a Mornay sauce, vegetables and other side dishes, according to the organization.

The Salvation Army says this has been one of the more stressful years, especially in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. "I hope that they continue to do what they do for years to come". "There are valuable lessons learned, like there are always more important things, and there are those who don't have everything we do and to appreciate what we do have". The organization's Angel Tree drive helped 807 families put presents under the tree this Christmas.

She and other bell ringers get a 90-minute orientation course before they are sent to one of 32 locations to set up the kettles. Adkins said the donations that are received are used for various programs throughout the county that serve those who are less fortunate. "On their behalf I thank you so much for your generosity".

Her family can take care of itself, she said of her 16 children 27 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren. Despite her physical appearance she battles with every day, Johnson focuses on volunteering with the Salvation Army.

The kitchen kept buzzing after the deliveries as a squad of volunteers prepared for an expected 100 or more people to dine in at the Franklin Street facility starting at noon.

They held their annual Christmas Dinner, giving people more than just a plate of hot food. But the transactions the old-school kettles so successfully encourage - fast, easy, anonymous and open to any sum, no matter how small - are tough to replicate with noncash payments.

"I know a lot of people benefit from it, and I know myself personally I've gotten a lot from it".

Thomas Hinzman is in his third year with Lexington's Salvation Army.

In addition to the meal, adults were given a University of Kentucky sweatshirt from Wildcat Wearhouse.