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Salvation Army serves up Thanksgiving meals

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Hundreds of volunteers with the Salvation Army served those in need Thanksgiving meals over the holiday weekend.

In all, around 2,700 people are expected to be fed over the holiday weekend.

The Salvation Army made enough food for 1,800 guests on Thursday at Golden Hall in downtown San Diego.

Among the 350 volunteers was judge David Gill, the longest serving judge in San Diego.  

"I've been given a great deal so I have a responsibility to share with others. I think it's important to let them know the community is here, and we are all here for them," said Judge Gill. 

Thanksgiving meals were also served in Oceanside. 

On Wednesday, meals took place at Corps community centers in Chula Vista, 648 Third Ave., and Escondido, 1301 Las Villas Way. Around 300 people were served at each location, helped by dozens of volunteers.

"Talk with them, and have a little bit of a personal relationship with them -- it's a good feeling," volunteer Lorraine Silva said. "I'm just thankful to be here to serve these people."

Salvation Army spokeswoman Rachael Fowler said a lot of the people who come for the sittings have nowhere else to go, and don't have family or enough money to buy a full holiday meal.

The dinners served included turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls and pumpkin pie.

Also on Wednesday, the nonprofit Mama's Kitchen distributed more than 3,000 pies in one of the organization's largest annual fundraisers.

As of midday Wednesday, more than 3,900 pies were sold overall, earning the organization more than $108,600. The total take is expected to go higher, because there are still a few pies available for purchase.

Mama's Kitchen provides meals to those suffering from HIV/AIDS and cancer.

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