Salvation Army Helps Emergency Workers Enjoy the Holiday


For many of us, Thanksgiving means spending time with family and eating a lot of turkey. For others, it means working to keep you safe. Many emergency responders were on call Thurssday, but that didn’t stop them from enjoying a taste of Thanksgiving.

Almost every Thanksgiving for Central EMS employees its serving the injured, Instead of serving of a plate of turkey. But this year is different for these emergency responders.

“We respond to people in need. That is the worst day of their life,” Central EMS worker, Shawna Ross said.

“Its great to know that we have the support of our community.”

That support served up on a plate thanks to the Salvation Army.

“Throughout Fayetteville and Bentonville we just wanted to deliver a little Thanksgiving feast for the people who are really supporting us day in and day out,” Lindsey Strong with the Salvation Army said.

The Salvation Army delivered over 100 meals to emergency responders Thursday. A small gesture that put the thanks in Thanksgiving for these hard working employees.

“We are just very thankful especially on this day that they have chosen to treat us and kind of pay us back. pay it forward,” Ross said.

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Salvation Army Hosts Thanksgiving, Hopes to Spread Spirit of Giving


The Salvation Army hosted its annual Thanksgiving dinner Thursday, serving more than 400 people across Northwest Arkansas.

Twyla Burt now serves as the women’s auxiliary president for the Salvation Army. But when she moved here eight years ago, she was looking for a charity to get involved with.

She says after her first Thanksgiving she took over the kitchen and has been making memories giving back ever since. Burt tells us her favorite part is seeing she can make a difference.

“This morning a little boy said I’ve never had Thanksgiving Dinner. He was here for breakfast, and I said, well you’re getting ready to have a wonderful Thanksgiving this year,” Burt said.

“To work with the people, that really touches my heart. I’m doing something for them, but it’s actually doing more for me.”

Burt says she hopes positive experiences volunteering during the holiday encourages more people to come out and help throughout the rest of the year.

Salvation Army to Feed Community with Thanksgiving Lunch

The Salvation Army is anticipating to feed over 400 people in Northwest Arkansas during the Thanksgiving Lunch this year.

Both the Bentonville and Fayetteville shelters will be serving a meal from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m to those in need on Thursday. According to the Salvation Army, the turkeys are donated by Dash Goff and cooked by Sassy’s BBQ and Penguin Ed’s.

The Salvation Army will also be delivering meals to local law enforcement teams on Thursday.

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Thanksgiving lunch will be served to those in need at the Fayetteville shelter located at 219 W. 15th St. and the Bentonville shelter located at 3305 SW I St.

Thanksgiving Dinner is Served

The Salvation Army served up a traditional turkey day feast.
The shelters in both Fayetteville and Bentonville hosted hundreds of people Thursday.

Each meal came complete with turkey and all the fixings and, of course, good company.

“We want to help,” explains Major Dan Matthews with the Salvation Army of NWA. “We want to be able to reach out to these folks and at least give them a good Thanksgiving meal and encourage them today, pray for them, and just let them know we’re here for them.”

Several people in the community volunteered to serve the meals at the Salvation Army.
In all, about 300 people were treated to a warm meal.