Good food and good company were plentiful at the Williams Lake Salvation Army Thanksgiving Lunch today.
An annual tradition, the Thanksgiving Lunch is a large communal meal for disadvantaged members of the community and the community as a whole. Some 45 volunteers, including Mayor Walt Cobb and members of the Williams Lake RCMP detachment, served a full turkey meal complete with potatoes, gravy, carrots, peas and stuffing.
Lieutenant Geoff Butt said that lunch went great today, with the hall at full capacity within five minutes of opening. With people in attendance from every walk of life, Butt said the meal exemplified that people are people, no matter their social standing.
“We serve about 150 meals a day or close to it sometimes our average is somewhere around that. All that is given to us stays within the community, we look to help people right here from their physical needs, to emotional needs to their spiritual needs, that is just what we’re here to do and we like doing it,” Butt said.
Butt hopes everyone enjoyed the lunch as much as he did and added that the Salvation Army will continue to grow under his leadership to better help the people who fall between the cracks.
Inspector Jeff Pelley and an attachment of officers assisted in serving the food for the lunch, as part of their ongoing commitment to being involved positively within the community. He said they were happy to support such a worthy cause hosted by the Salvation Army.
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“We do it every year and several of our officers like to get out to these events to associate with individuals from the community in a positive manner,” Pelley said.