Salvation Army's Community Thanksgiving Dinner brings people together

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Topeka Salvation Army held their annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner Thursday evening.

They have hosted the dinner for the last 34 years as a way to bring the community together.

It is always free and open to everyone in the community.

Volunteers of all ages helped serve a traditional Thanksgiving plate of turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing and pumpkin pie.

Christian Lopez, a Captain with the Salvation Army, said the dinner also brings hope to those who may not have a family to spend the holiday with.

Charles Lewis Johnson said he lives alone, so it's nice to have a place he can go to enjoy a holiday meal and interact with others.

He also said, "I just appreciate the people down here that sacrifice to put forth the effort to give this to us. It's a blessing."

Lopez said, "The Salvation Army mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and help human need. That's why we open this place and we're just like ya know what, come here and lets have fun, lets be together in this season that's very important to everyone."

The Topeka Salvation Army said they serve about 300 people at the dinner each year.