About 100 people gave thanks Tuesday afternoon in Temple – two days before the big holiday.
They enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving feast provided by the Salvation Army.
They held the big meal early because organizers say there are so many placed in Central Texas that will be providing Thanksgiving meals, they didn’t want to duplicate the service.
It also gives their employees the day off on the holiday, and attendees didn’t seem to mind.
“Oh, let me tell you about this food. Oh, it was so good I’m going to have to walk a thousand miles cause I got to slim down,” said Elisa Robinson, attendee.
The Salvation Army provided everything anyone could want on Thanksgiving.
“Enjoy a meal with some turkey and dressing, some chicken and dressing, ham, mashed potatoes, green beans you name it, it’s in our kitchen,” said Lt. Chantel Millin, Corp Officer of the Salvation Army in Temple.
A portion of the meal was donated, but the Salvation Army bought the rest.
“Just because we wanted to make sure that we were able to provide a hardy meal with plenty of sides and plenty meats and all of those things,” said Lt. Millin.
Not only did attendees leave with a full belly, they each also left with three brand new pairs of socks.
“A lot of the people that we serve get around by foot, that’s kind of how they transport and in this season, it’s cold, it’s rainy so they’re feet are wet and uncomfortable and that’s the worst when you are walking around and so to be able to leave with fresh socks that they can put on to get them through the next few days or next few weeks on top of having a great meal, they loved it,” said Lt. Millin.
6th grader Scarlytt Cotha volunteered her time on Tuesday arranging socks and handing them out.
“It feels good to like give people what they need,” said Cotha.
Other volunteers helped out in the kitchen.
“I think it’s incredible that Temple has this opportunity to do this, to provide for people that are in need and I thank God that we are able to help,” said Belinda Enochs, volunteer.
Showing those in the community, that people do care.
“Every day is a thankful day, so everyday is Thanksgiving, so they made a wonderful meal, the ladies worked all night they worked really hard, we had millions of volunteers come in and I just appreciate each and every last one of them, I thank God for them,” said Robinson.
There are over a dozen places in Central Texas offering a FREE Thanksgiving meals:
Wednesday, November 21st:
Friendsgiving Dinner – Ministerios Vida Youth — 7:30pm
Let’s celebrate friends this Wednesday!
Come to our first Friendsgiving Dinner this Wednesday, November 21st.
We will have games, food and some challenges too!
All are welcomed!
For more info, yo can just DM us.
Hope to see y’all there.
We’re located at
4343 W FM 93
Community Thanksgiving Dinner – Wilson Park Recreation Center — 6:00-8:00pm
Join us for our first annual community Thanksgiving Dinner! There will be food, crafts, music, and fun! The event is free but registration is required! Call 254-298-5740 for more information!
GraceGiving Free Thanksgiving Meal – Grace United Methodist Church — 6:00-7:30pm
You are invited to Grace United Methodist Church’s Annual GraceGiving on Wednesday November 21 from 6:00-7:30. This is a FREE Thanksgiving meal for everyone in our community. We will serve a complete turkey dinner with sides and desserts. No need to RSVP, just come and enjoy a delicious meal. Everyone is welcome, hope to see you there!
Feel free to share this event with anyone who might be interested. Contact us with any questions.
Thusday, November 22nd:
Thanksgiving Dinner – Bridging The Gap Task Force — 11am-4pm
Trackside, Bridging The Gap Task Force and DAV Chapter 74 are hosting a free Thanksgiving dinner to active duty, reservist, and national guard single soldiers, veterans and first responders!! Come out enjoy a Thanksgiving meal, football and meet others in the area!!
Thanksgiving Dinner for Military and First Responders – TrackSide — 11am-4pm
Thursday November 22 2018 @ 11am-4pm
Trackside Bridging the Gap Task Force and DAV Chpt. 74 are hosting a free Thanksgiving dinner to Active Duty, Reservist, and National Guard Single Soldiers, Veterans and First Responders!! Come out and Enjoy a Thanksgiving meal and Meet others in the area!!
Thanksgiving with your FUBAR Family – 3pm
FREE THANKSGIVING DINNER! OPEN FOR EVERYONE! Bring a friend, bring your family or come alone! Lots of single people in the area that just might need to have some fun with us! Every family has those “special” cousins that we have to be nice to during the holidays! The Fubar family has Brandon and Will! They will be hosting the day (because everyone deserves a day in the spotlight!) JOIN US!
Thanksgiving Dinner – Killeen Salsa Queen – 6pm
Join us for Thanksgiving dinner! This open to everyone, I know being away from family might not be ideal for the holidays. I’m opening my home to anyone who doesn’t have plans for Thanksgiving.
2507 Rampart Loop, Killeen TX 76542
Free Healthy Food for Veterans – 9am-11am
On the 4th Thursday of every month, the Temple Va is offering free food for veterans as part of their efforts to improve food security for all veterans in the central texas area. The program is at no cost to the veteran. All that is asked is that veterans bring their own bags to carry food.
For more information please contact:
Nutrition and Food Services 254-743-0534
Health Care for Homeless Veterans 254-743-1394
Feeding the Needy for Thanksgiving – Club Dallas 254 — 12pm-3pm
If you know anyone that’s not able to get a hot Thanksgiving meal, please give them the information for Club Dallas. Food will be provided with all the trimmings.
Supper for Saints – New Image Outreach Ministry — 10am-3pm
we are opening our doors to the community to come and partake in a Thanksgiving dinner free of charge ,our purpose is to provide a place that everyone can come and enjoy in a time of fellowship laughter and unity .”We Cant Help Everyone but Everyone Can Help Someone”
Giving Thanks and Giving Back – The Monarch At Downtown — 12pm-2pm
Let’s share Thanksgiving Day with our homeless community and neighbors in need.
The Mission Continues 1st Killeen Service Platoon, The Monarch at Downtown, and American Veterans Mission will sponsor a free event to feed our homeless community at 8 S. 1st Street, Temple, TX on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 22, 2018, from 12:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M. CDT.
We would love to share the Thanksgiving blessings to our neighbors in need. If you would like to volunteer to help feed our homeless on this important day, please sign up to be one of our platoon members at https://missioncontinues.org/service-platoon/Killeen-1st-platoon
For venue questions, please contact Ms. Andrea Moore at (254) 410-3731 or e-mail Themonarchllc@gmail.com.