Salvation Army delivers meals to people in need in Lexington

Published: Nov. 25, 2021 at 12:35 PM EST
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - This Thanksgiving, volunteers and the Salvation Army handed out food to families in need.

Carolyn Givens with First Baptist Church Bracktown participates every year.

“Because I love the Lord and I know that it could be me in this shape. I could be homeless, no food to eat,” Givens said.

Inside, other church members prepared about 600 to-go boxes filled with Thanksgiving staples like turkey, dressing, vegetables, and desserts.

“A lot of the homeless people may not have food, so just preparing meals for them makes me happy,” volunteer Bailei Tevis said.

Normally the Salvation Army provides a sit-down dinner. But with COVID-19, families had to pick up their food or have it delivered.

“For a household that is really struggling to make ends meet, this is a way to experience a full Thanksgiving meal,” Major Bill Garrett with the Salvation Army said.

Volunteers helped with dropping off the to-go boxes.

“Since the pandemic, I know it’s been so hard for a lot of people to come together as a family and also provide a nourished meal, so we think it’s really important to bring our daughter here and show her how lucky we are,” volunteer Haley Lawson said.

For Pat and Zadie Ryan, and their dog Murphy, the day was about giving back. They walked up stairs and met with families.

“We’re blessed to be a blessing, so it’s a calling to bless others because we’re blessed so much,” volunteer Pat Ryan said.

The UK men’s basketball team also helped out. They served meals to families staying at the Salvation Army.

“It’s important to think about other people because it’s not always about you,” UK basketball player Keion Brooks Jr. said.

The Salvation Army is looking for volunteers for its Christmas meal.

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