San Diego – Dozens of Salvation Army volunteers gathered on Thanksgiving Day to spread a bit of holiday cheers by serving food to non-living residents of San Diego.
“I really really appreciate it,” said Brittany Nocita, two homeless mothers. “The last few months have been tough. We’ve all had a hard time. Usually we’re with our parents, but this year it’s not.”
But like last year, the Salvation Army homeless Thanksgiving meal looked a little different than before because of the pandemic. Lieutenant Colonel Lee Rescano of the Salvation Army means that charities had to reach out and adapt to some of the most vulnerable citizens of the community.
This includes moving the dinner table outdoors to provide a higher level of hygiene.
“The Salvation Army has been serving Thanksgiving dinners for 38 years,” Rescano said. “But like last year, we had to adapt. This year we’re eating outdoor giveaways, but here downtown it’s also an opportunity for people to sit down and eat.”
Volunteers like San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit say the pandemic hasn’t stopped them from making Thanksgiving dinner special for those in need.
“We dealt with a pandemic,” Nisleit said. “We’ve dealt with a lot, but there’s still a lot to thank, and it’s an opportunity to give back to the underprivileged.”
Approximately 50 volunteers were prepared to serve a total of 1,800 meals at three locations in San Diego County. The Salvation Army told FOX5 that it could not be achieved without the support of volunteers and donors.
It’s a real blessing for Nosita and her children.
“We just started praying, to thank everything they got, and because we had people pray for us,” says Noshita. “It really helped us a lot.”
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