Pascagoula Salvation Army hosts first Thanksgiving dinner

By Danielle Thomas – bio | email

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - The Salvation Army in Pascagoula decided to mark this Thanksgiving a little differently. Officials say they usually give out food baskets. However, this year the organization didn't receive enough donated turkeys to pass along to all the families in need.  So instead they decided to whip up a Thanksgiving feast.

When Trey and Amy Cole realized they weren't going able to spend Thanksgiving at home in South Carolina they decided to volunteer with the Salvation Army.

"Well, we couldn't be with our family so we thought this would be the closest thing," said Trey Cole. "We were just called to do this and really thought this would be the best way we could help out."

At the Thanksgiving dinner, volunteers passed out plates full of turkey, dressing and all the fixings. Some of the people who came to eat say they're grateful for everything the Salvation Army does to help the community.

Martha Nicholson of Gautier said, "Salvation Army has just been so good for us and everything. Just just people out everywhere. They even helped me out one year and I appreciate the Salvation Army. "

"So many more people,"said Richard Morse, a Jackson County resident. "There are a lot of problems here on the coast and the Salvation Army as always, they're there. And I thank God for them."

Volunteers say they are thankful for the opportunity to make this holiday season a little brighter for people facing difficult times.

Trey Cole said, "Especially this time of year and the way the economy has been. It really makes us feel good. It really makes us thankful for what we have."

The spirit of giving they've seen here in Mississippi made such an impression on the Coles they say they're ready to volunteer with their Salvation Army chapter in South Carolina.

Meanwhile, Pascagoula Salvation Army officials say they hope to make the Thanksgiving feast an annual event.

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