Thanksgiving dinner serves holiday cheer
With his family away this year, Raymond Ontiveros wasn’t sure what he would do for Thanksgiving Day. But then he learned about the annual dinner put on by the Salvation Army in Moreno Valley.
“It helps with food and not having to spend Thanksgiving alone,” said Ontiveros, 44, a Moreno Valley resident.
Martin, who lives in transitional housing, said without the dinner she wouldn’t have been able to get a hot meal for the holiday. Her studio apartment doesn’t have an oven, she said.
Capt. Julius Murphy, a Salvation Army Corps officer, said the diners ranged f prada handbags rom people struggling to make ends meet to those who would have been alone and wanted to celebrate with others. The organization, which has held Thanksgiving dinners for the past five years, got the word out through numerous aid organizations in the community, he said.
An additional 150 meals were delivered to seniors and shut ins from Moreno Valley to Banning to Menifee.
Before opening the doors, Murphy led volunteers in a pra prada handbags yer and instructed them on how to receive the diners. They should all be met with a big smile and leave with more than just a full stomach, he said.
“May they be filled with joy and cheer this holiday season,” he said.
The diners were escorted to their tables, decorated with orange tablecloths and pumpkins, and brought their meals by servers.
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The menu consisted of tra prada handbags ditional Thanksgiving fare: turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, vegetables and pecan and pumpkin pie for dessert.
Gerri Lopez, of Devore, one of three cooks in the kitchen, said they began cooking 52 turkeys the day before and warmed them up Thursday morning, when they also began preparing the rest of the food.
In addition to the meals, volunteers provided the diners with gift bags and household items such as detergent and toiletries that were donated by Target.