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Hundreds Line Up For Donated Thanksgiving Meals

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FORT WORTH (KRLD) – More than 100 people lined up early Wednesday morning outside the Fort Worth Salvation Army. They were there to pickup their Thanksgiving turkey and trimmings.

Each year the Fort Worth Salvation Army hands out Thanksgiving food to needy families. The boxes handed out Wednesday contained uncooked items including a turkey, dressing mix, green beans, sweet potatoes, bread and a dessert.

Sisters Pat and Susan Welsh lined up at 6:30 in the morning to wait for the doors to open at 9 a.m.

“People don’t realize how hard it is for jobs… there’s not a lot of jobs out there for people and I’ve worked all my life,” Pat told KRLD NewsRadio 1080. “That’s why all these people are here –- they need help.”

Larry Beasely, with the Salvation Army, said demand for the Thanksgiving food boxes grows every year.

Beasely said the food donations do more than just prevent hunger. “Through these difficult times just focus on the family, give them an opportunity to get back to the table, and come together and celebrate life.”

Dozens of students from Tarrant County College volunteered to distribute the food boxes, made possible by public and private donations.

“Albertson’s has been a gracious partner for us this year. They provided 200 turkeys,” said Beasely. “But we’ve also had support from the community where individuals and service groups have brought in turkeys.”

The Salvation Army will also treat some people to a full Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday.

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