The crew at The Salvation Army Community Center, Pendleton, was working hard for the midday Thanksgiving meal on Thursday. Cook Jimmy Webb said the prep began Monday for serving as many as 200 people.

Folks came in early Thursday to peel 150 pounds of potatoes and ready 20 pounds of yams, and 30 pounds of green beans. Webb also put the center’s new stove to work cooking 12 turkeys and 40 pounds of ham. And they did not forget the gravy.

“We’re talking gallons,” Webb said.

And if there are leftovers, so be it.

Salvation Army Capt. Sylvia Scruggs said the charity also plans to deliver meals to around 50 shut-ins, but that number often grows as people call in and ask if meals still are available. None of this could happen, she said, without the efforts of the community and volunteers, with some families helping each year for a decade.

She and Webb also stressed the meal is not for the needy but for anyone, just like the lunches the nonprofit serves six days a week.

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