Volunteers prepare, deliver Thanksgiving meals

Posted at 11:24 AM, Nov 22, 2012
and last updated 2012-11-23 00:03:48-05

SALT LAKE CITY - Volunteers from the Salvation Army prepared Thanksgiving meals for 500 people across the Salt Lake Valley. The meals are delivered to seniors or others who don't leave their homes and don't have family members celebrating the holiday with them.

Lisa Paxton and her family have volunteered with the Salvation Army for the last 15 years.

"I'm really just grateful that we have a really great community. Everyone is willing to come out wait around and hour, get some food and take it to someone who really needs it," Paxton said.

Hundreds of volunteers showed up this year. So many, in fact, that there wasn't enough work to go around.

"I was a little embarrassed that we didn't have enough work for all the volunteers to do," said Major Richard Green with the Salvation Army.

Mary Gardner took a break from cooking this year to deliver meals to a family.

"If volunteers can help other families have a pleasant holiday as well and they can have a nice meal that they can share together and create a memory that they normally wouldn't have if we didn't do that," Gardner said.

Gardner says it creates a memory for their family, too, which is something to be thankful for.