WILMINGTON -- For the volunteers at the Salvation Army on Thanksgiving, giving to those less fortunate is a family affair. Three families have spent their last ten Thanksgivings cooking for the needy. Katherine Hardison said, "My whole family is back there, we do it every year. It kind of feels funny if I don't." Mark Kavanaugh is another volunteer who said, "It's meeting people who are the most grateful human beings I've ever seen in my life. We enjoy every year coming down here and just looking in someone's face when they tell you thank you." Preparations began Wednesday night in order to have enough food to feed more than 200 people. "I can't explain how it makes me feel, honestly. It's a really good feeling to see the smile on everyone's faces and being thankful for once," said Hardison. Those who got a hot holiday meal, are very thankful. "I'm very appreciative to the Salvation Army for having this meal for everybody who don't have homes right now," said Milton McBride. Deborah Hall, who stays at the Salvation Army shelter, said, "They've certainly been good to me by giving me a home. The Salvation Army, the ladies and gentlemen who come in and cook, they were here most of the night, I know that because I was here. To give that kind of effort and love us like a family and put all they did to make it homey and put out flowers, it's great." The volunteers said spending the day helping others is all the gratuity they need. Volunteer Laurie Rose said, "Every single one of them have come back to thank us, that's when you feel good to know that you've done the right thing." If you would like to donate your time or money to the Salvation Army, call the Cape Fear Chapter at (910)762-7354.
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