Handing Out the Turkeys

The streets around the Salvation Army in Harrisonburg were congested Tuesday, but that didn't discourage Valley residents from receiving their free Thanksgiving fixings.

Tuesday morning, Ashby Street was packed with cars as more than 300 people waited to receive free turkeys and food bags from the Salvation Army.

Due to the number of donations, this is the first year the Salvation Army has not had to buy turkeys to add to those donated by area residents and businesses.

Although traffic was backed up, some people had no choice but to wait patiently.

One New Hope resident, Ruth Thornton, says, "About an hour and a half so far; I feel for the people waiting. It is worth it to them."

And, a Harrisonburg resident, Lori Kerley, says, "We've been waiting for 20, 25 minutes and yeah, it's worth it because we are on a tight budget and we got a little boy to raise."

The Salvation Army said that they felt blessed to feed almost 600 families with a free holiday meal.

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