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A record crowd comes to Salvation Army dinner

Nov 29, 2013 -- 9:09am


Southeast Missourian

8-year old Brynnleigh Jones and her father made between 16 and 20 gallons of chicken and dumplings for the Salvation Army's annual community Thanksgiving dinner.  She will her earn a badge for her Brownie uniform. 2,132 community members turned out for the meal Thursday. A record for the organization which began hosting the meal in 1983 when they had 200 to serve. Salvation Army Capt. Ronnie Amick says they rely on volunteers to feed the growing crowd. Using a smoker borrowed from Old Hickory Pits, volunteers began preparing turkeys in early November. By Thursday, they had 88 smoked and two baked turkeys, 37 pans of stuffing, 27 hams and endless green beans, along with desserts donated by Isle Casino Cape Girardeau, My Daddy's Cheesecake, Schnucks, the 4-H Club and many individual donors. Attendees could pick up coats, hats and gloves from the KZIM KSIM and River Radio coats for kids drive at Schnucks last week that brought in more than 3,300 items. 

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