Visitors to the Salvation Army offices in Frederick on Tuesday were treated to the full spread of Thanksgiving favorites.

Plates of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce and rolls found their way to hundreds of people during the annual meal that dates back more than 25 years.

Lt. Carla Raymer of the Salvation Army said the meal creates a family-like atmosphere for many of the guests.

“Some people have been coming every year, and this is their Thanksgiving,” she said.

Members of the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary served the steaming plates. Volunteers from the Frederick Bar Association fixed the plates with food the group donated.

April Inskeep, who was spooning gravy, said that everyone from the Bar Association sees volunteering around Thanksgiving as an important way to help in Frederick.

“The opportunity to give back and help the community is a good answer for everybody,” the first-year volunteer said.

Ian Bartman, who has volunteered through the Bar Association for nearly 10 years, said the service was not just a chance to get out of the office.

“It’s nice to come out every year and interact with the people,” Bartman said.

Sally McMurry, president of the women’s auxiliary, said volunteers were cooking from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday to prepare the 17 whole turkeys and 25 turkey breasts.

Not including the volunteers to prepare the food, the six-hour meal requires about 50 volunteers, McMurry said. Everyone from the community was welcome to come to the meal, especially those who may not be able to afford a Thanksgiving dinner.

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(10) comments

Shemp

The reality is that the “Army” does not do 3/4s of the programs or services listed on their website (which is just a list linked under a national website). For example, local SA does NOT operate a “Boys & Girls Club” or an Emergency Homeless Shelter. Rather than looking at a list on a website go there and apply for “services” - you’ll be shocked at what little they offer/do or keep your head in the sand.

rbtdt5

I volunteer there. We give out food every week, we've given assistance for shelter, we provide christmas's for hundreds. Please come down and volunteer, if we had more volunteers maybe we could provide more services. Volunteers are getting harder and harder to find for just about everyone. Please do more than complain and volunteer some time.

gabrielshorn2013

Hmmm...makes me wonder if you have ever worked with them or any other volunteer charity organization. Reminds me of a quote from Sam Rayburn, Speaker of the House from Texas. " Any jackass can kick down a barn, but it takes a carpenter to build one." Do you volunteer your services and help, or are you just kicking down the barn?

Mickey7

God bless you for what you do Salvation Army.

Shemp

Wow, one meal once a year. What does the Salvation Army do to help the other 364 days of year?

CDReid

Why don't you call them and ask? I'm sure they'd be more than happy to answer any questions you have. Their number is (301) 662-2311.

public-redux

Thoughts and prayers!

rbtdt5

Provide food, shelter, help people with addiction, help the elderly, they do a lot in the community and those are mostly volunteers, the few that get paid get paid next to nothing. Unlike a lot of charities that have CEO's making 6 figures.

gabrielshorn2013

Shrimp, all you had to do was Google them. SMH...

SOCIAL SERVICES IN FREDERICK:
https://www.salvationarmymwv.org/the-corps/maryland/frederick/

Nationally:
https://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/

Bless the Salvation Army! They are an outstanding charity, with low overhead expenses., and no 6-7 figure executive salaries.

gabrielshorn2013

Sorry, should have said shemp not shrimp. Dang autospell. Apologies.

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