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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Many people around the Cape Fear spent their Wednesday night giving back to the community by preparing meals for Thanksgiving.

Volunteers from a local Boy Scout troop came out to the Salvation Army in Wilmington to prepare for the big day.

The Salvation Army will be serving a Thanksgiving lunch Thursday at 1 p.m. at their location on 820 North Second Street in Wilmington.

Anyone who is hungry or doesn’t have a family to spend the holiday with is welcome to attend the free event.

The food preparations began Wednesday night with volunteers from Boy Scout Troop #212.

“Being uplifting has great value to it,” Major Mark Craddock, a Salvation Army of Wilmington Corps Officer, said. “That’s how we build community, and so the lessons these kids are learning are giving back, building community and being uplifting.”

Major Craddock said he hopes people attending the lunch event find company and learn that there are people in the Wilmington community who care about them.

He added that if others want to get involved, he encourages donating food — not just during Thanksgiving, but throughout the year.

For more information about the Salvation Army of Wilmington, click here.

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