By Philip Jankowski
Killeen Daily Herald
The Salvation Army hosted a Thanksgiving meal Thursday for those who needed it most.
At the Rivers of Living Water Church in downtown Killeen, volunteers from the Salvation Army and Faith Temple Church carved up more than 30 turkeys, doling out about 500 free meals.
The meals - turkey, cranberries, mashed potatoes, rolls, yams, pecan pie, pumpkin pie and more - were served to visitors at the church and delivered by volunteers to those who couldn't leave their homes.
Local Salvation Army Lt. Christopher Bryant spent a good portion of the event driving around town searching for people who looked lonely and in need of a proper Thanksgiving meal. Bryant said he found one man sitting by a Dumpster.
"He said he wasn't sure how he was going to get to eat and that he didn't have any family or anything," Bryant said. "He didn't want to be alone, so I said, 'You don't have to be alone, come on.'"
The Salvation Army has provided a free Thanksgiving meal in Killeen for about 10 years. Bryant said he worked for several months with people and organizations to secure donations and a facility to get the meal off the ground.
Among the volunteers was Pastor Cecil Bowles of Faith Temple Church. Volunteers from his church served up the Thanksgiving staples to needy families and the homeless.
"We just believe in giving back," said Bowles.
Because of the holiday season, many people who are unable to visit their families or do not have the means to provide a Thanksgiving feast can become depressed, said Bryant. "If you have issues in your life, now is when they stand out the most," he said.
The goal of the meal is to provide a sense of family for those who may be alone at this time of year. Bryant said it fits in perfectly with the Salvation Army's overall message.
"Let us help. For us, it is all a ministry. It shows people that God cares and we care," he said.
Contact Philip Jankowski at firstname.lastname@example.org or (254) 501-7553.