Albany- Thanksgiving is Thursday, and for some it is not just a time of celebration, but a time to help others. Most people think of the holidays as a time to eat good food on Thanksgiving and fellowship with family and friends, but for some South Georgians the holiday paints a different picture. Their meal and good spirits are dependent upon the generosity of the community.
Quentin Wilson of the Salvation Army says, "During the holiday time you would think it is a cheerful time but sometimes for those less fortunate it's actually a time to think about how they are not prosperous how they don't have what everybody else has. So those of us that do have we ask that you share with those who don't have and it makes a big difference."
Carmen Claypool who volunteers with the Salvation Army says, "we need can goods, non perishable foods donated, and if anyone would like to donate some turkey's. Most importantly right now in our stage of preparation we need for people to cook, and serve and clean up."
For Quentin Wilson, the Salvation Army has been more than just a place of work, but a place of refuge. He now calls on all those listening to help, "Being that I myself don't have a place to live I take it personal and everyday that I go out I try to raise everything that I can."
Money used to make sure everyone gets a hot meal, "There were whole families that didn't have anything to eat they would come in and they would have turkey, dressing,macaroni and cheese, green beans, rolls, tea, I mean the whole nine yards."
On this Thanksgiving Day, no empty seats but the opportunity to watch football, enjoy fellowship, and enjoy a homecooked meal.
The White Christmas canned food drive is also taking place now and kids can drop can goods off at their schools. You can also participate in the angel tree drive at Albany Mall or simply put some money in those red kettles you see all over town..
The kitchen will be open on Thanksgiving Day for anyone that needs a hot meal. You can call 229-435-1428 for details on how you can make a difference this holiday.