ALBERT LEA, Minn.- As many folks in the area gather to enjoy their Thanksgiving meal with their loved ones, community members in Albert Lea are able to enjoy it a day early.
Salvation Army in Albert Lea is hosting their annual Thanksgiving Meal. This is the 8th year in a row they provide a catered meal to the community.
“It just means the world,” said Joyce Theis of Albert Lea. “I got goose bumps just thinking about it.”
This meal will be just like many of us will have with family; turkey with all of the fixings
It’s a way to bring residents together.
“We’re coming together as a community,” said Theis. “Albert Lea means so much to us and it’s important that the Salvation Army is doing this and the businesses that help with this as well.”
That’s why the Salvation Army keeps this tradition alive.
“It’s a special thing in the heart and we want to reach out,” Major Elise Cline, Albert Lea Salvation Army. “We would not be able to do this if it wasn’t for volunteers. We had volunteers come in Monday and Tuesday to help with the kitchen.”
They are expecting to have more than 500 people attend the event. It’s from 5 to 7 at the Freeborn County Fairgrounds.