Unsung Heroes in the Valley

By: Keith Jones Email
By: Keith Jones Email

The Thanksgiving holiday is right around the corner, and for most of us that means turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and gravy, but there are hundreds in the Valley that aren't as fortunate.

That's when the Salvation Army steps in. However, officials say that this year, they got help from hundreds of unsung heroes right next door.

"We have no idea," says Christal Yowell, Salvation Army. "Generosity of the public? It is a very humbling experience to know that you can make a difference in that many lives."

Almost 800 bags of food and 1,400 turkeys were given by residents for those less fortunate this Thanksgiving.

"These bags of food represent close to about 600 families that will be receiving a Thanksgiving meal from the Salvation Army and those who came and brought different items to be able to give to families who are needing something for this holiday season," says Capt. Gregory Shannon, Salvation Army.

Residents who donated a turkey to their local Sheetz gas station were given a $5 gas gift card as a thank you.

"It's totally anonymous. We don't know who the donors are. The donors don't know who the families are that are receiving this," says Shannon.

Last year, the Salvation Army dished out about 500 turkeys, which is a number they more than doubled this year.

"This year the outpouring has just been amazing," says Yowell. "As of last week, we didn't have to worry at all. We knew there would be enough turkey's for everyone in Rockingham County that had signed up."

At this time, they have enough turkeys for Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

"If it weren't for those people, this wouldn't take place," says Shannon.

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