For years, Williston’s Salvation Army has been the place where community residents can expect a hot meal for the holidays. But this Thanksgiving, residents can expect to receive something a little different.
“We’ve decided to give out Thanksgiving food from our food pantry for people who would really like a meal to make at home with their families for Thanksgiving,” says Kristin Oxendahl, Salvation Army’s community engagement director.
And the plan seems to be working.
More than 300 people have visited the Salvation Army seeking food assistance for Thanksgiving this year. And they have received all the traditional trimmings, along with you guessed it-turkey.
“We’ve had just an amazing reaction from the people that we’re serving. It’s just so meaningful for them to not only have food in general but to be able to have food for Thanksgiving so that they do have a special holiday. They can invite their family over and be able to serve a Thanksgiving meal in their own home,” says Oxendahl.
But those looking for a meal away from home have options as well. New Hope Church expects even more guests for its second annual Thanksgiving dinner.
New Hope Thanksgiving Event Coordinator
“This year it seems that the economy has really taken a hit in the Williston area. And we’re figuring that because of the lack of income for some of the families around here that they will probably, hopefully want to come and have a decent meal that they might not normally have,” says Bruce Brandenburger, the dinner’s event coordinator.
New Hope’s Thanksgiving dinner will be held in Williston on Thanksgiving Day from 4 to 7pm.
So whether at home or at a communal table, Williston residents can still expect a hot meal this holiday season.