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Annual Salvation Army dinner expected to feed more than 1,000 people

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It's as much of a tradition on Thanksgiving as turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie.

Every year for the past 20 plus years, The Salvation Army puts on a feast and feeds thousands of people who would other wise go without.

Chef Rone Bush with the Phoenix Convention Center instructed volunteers as they prepared for the huge feast.

"We're at 2,000 pounds.. turkeys average 11, 12 pounds a piece," he said.  "Almost 2,500 pounds of mashed potatoes.. 13 cases of cranberry sauce."

Crews started prepping and cooking the food on Tuesday.  Bright and early Thursday morning, the turkey was sliced, potatoes were mashed, the stuffing stirred to perfection.

"There are just so many people in the community that are just hurting, hungry or lonely and they want to have people around," said Major John Brackenbury.

Brackenbury says 1,500 people, roughly 1,000 adults and 500 children will enjoy this Thanksgiving dinner thanks to the Salvation Army.

"It makes me very proud.  It brings a sense of warmth that we have a community that is so loving and giving," he said.

Serving Thanksgiving dinner to 1,500 people definitely requires skills in the kitchen, but the chef tells us that timing is what makes this event so successful.

"We're going to have a conveyer belt, so we'll have the different products set up and as it comes down each person puts their component.. load it onto boxes at the end," said Bush.

Salvation Army volunteers also picked and packed up to 2,200 traditional Thanksgiving meals and delivered them across the valley.

"Just being part of something that's giving back to the community is heartwarming for myself," said Bush.

"Making this Thanksgiving a happy one for those who receive and give.

The Salvation Army

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