Salvation Army gives Thanksgiving dinners to Oklahoma seniors

About 200 seniors in central Oklahoma will receive traditional Thanksgiving dinners from the Salvation Army this week.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL Published: November 17, 2010

Wanda Morgan and her sister scrape by, so a holiday dinner like Thanksgiving isn't in their budget, they said.

The twins are on tight, fixed incomes. Morgan is retired; her sister is a diabetic amputee with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Thanksgiving would probably be a spaghetti dinner or something else fixed on the cheap.

But a gift from the Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma will allow the sisters and about 200 other area seniors to make their own traditional Thanksgiving dinners. About 100 families received dinners Tuesday, and 100 more will receive food today.

Morgan and her sister can't afford a lot of extras in their grocery budget, which can be frustrating, Morgan said.

She said she's looking forward to making the turkey and all the side dishes she received Tuesday.

This year, the Salvation Army has partnered with the Pet Food Pantry of Oklahoma City. Morgan took home food and treats for her Boston terrier.

Salvation Army workers have been preparing for the giveaway for some time, said Maj. Dan Proctor, area commander for central Oklahoma.

For some families, a traditional Thanksgiving meal can be too expensive, said Heide Brandes, spokeswoman for the Salvation Army. “If we can provide them turkey and all the fixings, it's something to be thankful for.”