Community organizations help families in need during Thanksgiving holiday

Community organizations help families in need during Thanksgiving holiday

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Several community organizations are coming together to help those in need for Thanksgiving.

From noon until 2 p.m. on Wednesday, the Evansville Salvation Army served hundreds of people for lunch.

Major Mark Turner said they served 544 people during lunch time. He said that’s the most since 2012.

For Patricia Marshall, she was grateful for the meal she now can put on the table for her family.

“Words just truly can’t express, I don’t know what to say,” Marshall said. “I’m happy and I’m overwhelmed. I’m not stressed. I’m not sad. I can go in here and eat this meal and say ‘Lord, I thank you.’”

Another organization in the giving spirit was the Evansville Dream Center. They hosted their annual Feast with Friends event.

This year, the event was drive-thru style due to COVID-19.

“What we’ve found during COVID-19 is the families who need us, who really use our support - they need us even more,” Dream Center Executive Director Jeremy Evans said. “And so to be able to continue to provide what we are able to provide here, even in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, is truly special.”

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