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Thanks: Salvation Army thanking dinner kudos

December 07, 2001

A total of 1,628 people were served a hot Thanksgiving dinner Oct. 22 at The Salvation Army building in El Centro.

This community event was made possible by the sponsorship of KXO 1230 AM and the Imperial Valley Press. Ninety-eight volunteers who gave 513 volunteers hours supported this celebration by cooking, serving, washing, cleaning and sharing happiness to the families and individuals who came to this traditional Imperial Valley gathering.

Volunteers arrived early in the morning and with a smile begun to set up tables, chairs, decorating the tables, cutting the pies, preparing the coffee and punch and giving the last-minute preparations to the delicious turkey dinner. By 11 a.m. everyone was ready to start serving and the line of people was beginning to form around the building.

Laughter and happiness was all around. Volunteers both young and old took the plates and served them to families in need and to destitute individuals. This year the mood expressed how thankful they were to be able to receive a hot Thanksgiving dinner with a delicious piece of pie.


This was truly a very busy and fulfilling day for all involved. After the tragedy of Sept. 11 people seemed to more appreciative for one more day that the Good Lord has given us and one more opportunity to serve others.

Our special thanks to Imperial Valley Press, KXO 1230 AM, Imperial Valley Fire Chiefs Association, El Centro PAL, Rotary Club of Holtville, Albertsons, Costco, First Christian Church of Brawley, Imperial Stores, J. and D. Engel, Padre Janitorial Supplies, Blue Sky Ranch of Brawley, First United Methodist Church of El Centro, Southwest High School club, Cameiro Heifer Ranch, Hems Brother Mortuary, Calipatria Lions Club, J. Ryerson, S. Sanders, J. Vogel, B. Wiest, M. Camacho, W. Young, G. Elijah, P. Guerrero, J. Roach, R. Laughrin, J. Heuberger, C. Beard, J. House, A. Gosh, E. Junger, U. Hopkinson, J. McCall, R. Taylor, D. Drown, M. Ortega, D. Tyler, J. Low and J. Lofgreen, The Salvation Army youth club and women's club, and all the individuals who financially helped us and the wonderful volunteers who with their efforts made this community event possible.

Also, our appreciation to The Salvation Army staff — Rosa Estrada, Jeff Smith, Susana Quevedo, Maria Perez and Sergio Estrada.

Thank you and God bless you!


Executive directors/commanding officers

The Salvation Army

El Centro

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