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Salvation Army Holds Annual Thanksgiving Dinner, and Asks for Volunteer Bell Ringers

Some Binghamton residents were treated to a Thanksgiving meal one day early.

Although the Salvation Army serves meals seven days a week, Wednesday on Washington Street in downtown Binghamton, they served their traditional turkey dinner for those in need. Over thirty volunteers helped put tonight's dinner of turkey, stuffing, and all the other traditional foods as well as dessert.

We spoke with members of the Salvation Army about what this annual event means for community members:

"Maybe they don't have a family to go to tomorrow, tonight is their time to come together with other people and enjoy a meal together," said Ron Heimbrock,  Commanding Officer at the Salvation Army in Binghamton.

Gladys Kahn, a Binghamton City resident said, "Binghamton is great and I've been coming for 10 years and it's wonderful people and a wonderful home and I've been blessed in a lot of good ways."

Organizers did note that attendance was lower than usual, presumably due to the weather,  but another area the Salvation Army has noted a decrease in, is the number of volunteer bell ringers:

"We are in desperate need of bellringers. If anybody can spare some hours we would be happy to put them out and have them ring the bell. Once somebody rings the bell for the first time, they'll find out how much fun it is to do and they'll want to do it again and again," said Heimbrock.

If you're interested in volunteering for the Salvation Army this holiday season, you can contact the Washington Street location at 722-2987.



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