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Volunteers Ready to Serve Turkey Dinners

By BJ Austin, KERA News

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Dallas, TX – Volunteers are preparing to fan out across North Texas to serve Thanksgiving Dinner to those who might otherwise go without. KERA's BJ Austin reports.

At the Salvation Army in Dallas, Pat Patey says volunteers and staff expect to serve more than two thousand turkey dinners. It was about 18 hundred last year.

Patey: We have been seeing more people coming in for food assistance, and assistance to pay rent, utilities and those kinds of things. Particuarly the way things are in the economy, I mean many families may not be able to buy everything that they need to cook a turkey, and so we say let the Salvation Army do that and come and spend it with us.

Patey says it's FREE and everyone is welcome from 11:30 to 1:30 at the Salvation Army center on Harry Hines. Thanksgiving Dinner will also be served at the Fort Worth and Denton shelters.

At the Bridge, the Dallas homeless assistance center, the Stewpot's "Second Chance Caf ' expects to serve 800 turkey dinners. The Dallas International Street Church in the Fair Park area is expecting about 500; 600 at the Dallas Life Foundation - with volunteers carving the turkey and serving the pie at each location.

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