SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — Every Thanksgiving, the Salvation Army of Savannah gives a holiday treat to several hundred local residents in need.
Who, like many, is out of luck this holiday season.
“There’s a good chance we’ll probably be serving about 250 people,” explained Major Paul Egan of the Salvation Army. “We usually have about 75-80 people every night now, and some of them are able to come back and be with their families, which we’re grateful for.”
According to Egan, the Salvation Army actually has to turn away volunteers because of the overwhelming number of people who want to help.
He says the outpouring of support is a big reason why they are able to feed so many mouths.
“They are so happy. I’ve seen people dancing and I’ve seen people who just can’t wait for the kids to come in,” Egan said. “We have women and children staying at the shelter, so it’s going to be a special day for those kids, too, because we have volunteers lined up doing little crafts and fun things, painting turkeys, making lists that you’re thankful for, and it’s a wonderful thing — be a part of.”
Now, with full plates and full hearts, Major Egan hopes that extra help during the holidays will make a difference in many people’s lives.
“When people leave here, you’ll see a lot of smiles and a lot of people very happy with the day, and that’s typical of what the Salvation Army does, making a difference in someone’s life,” Egan said. “A lot of the people that are here at this shelter are people that aren’t just finding a place to sleep or a place to stay for a week, but they’re moving forward with their lives.”