“Pepsi or Diet Pepsi?”

That’s the only question 65 recipients had to answer when they picked up their complete, family-style Thanksgiving dinners on Wednesday at the Salvation Army Thrift Store.

One recipient arriving at the store said she received a telephone call informing her “an angel” had recommended that her family be included in the Salvation Army’s Thanksgiving Basket project.


“Pepsi or Diet Pepsi?”
That’s the only question 65 recipients had to answer when they picked up their complete, family-style Thanksgiving dinners on Wednesday at the Salvation Army Thrift Store.
One recipient arriving at the store said she received a telephone call informing her “an angel” had recommended that her family be included in the Salvation Army’s Thanksgiving Basket project.
Salvation Army Board Member Traci Brookshire explained that all 65 families were recommended as recipients by different sources, from individuals who knew of families in need, various organizations or educators at Rolla and Newburg schools.
Each Thanksgiving dinner included enough food for four people, although the baskets were adjusted for larger families. A 10-pound-or-larger turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, canned yams, cranberry sauce, corn, green beans, turkey gravy, one pound of margarine, rolls, soda, individual packages of hot cocoa and pumpkin pie were among the items packed into the boxes.
Each basket contained approximately $40 worth of groceries.
The Board of Directors and volunteers for the Salvation Army packed the dinner boxes Tuesday night so the recipients could pick them up Wednesday. On Wednesday evening, board members also hand-delivered the food boxes to homes throughout the community.
Jeremy Ruwwe, Thrift Store manager, was grateful for all the food donated by individuals and companies.
“A big thanks to the community for donating their food and efforts to this, and other, Salvation Army projects,” Ruwwe said as he passed out another box.
According to Ruwwe, aside from the funds set aside from the Salvation Army’s annual budget for the Thanksgiving baskets, much of the food was donated by Wal-Mart, Country Mart and Pepsi. Additionally, students from Metro Business College donated $300 to the project.
Brookshire explained that donations from individuals in the community who dropped their spare change into the kettles of Salvation Army bell ringers last year helped to provide food to needy families this year.
Salvation Army bell ringers begin their seasonal drive today, Brookshire said.
“We’re elated to be able to do this (Thanksgiving Baskets) for our families in need this year,” Brookshire said, “And through our community’s continued support, we’ll be able to help families in need for many years to come.
Brookshire, who schedules the bell ringers at Wal-Mart, said the Salvation Army needed more volunteers to help with the Bell Ringer campaign this Christmas season.
“Please support your local Salvation Army bell ringers this year by dropping your spare change in the kettles,” Brookshire said.
For more information about volunteering as a Salvation Army bell ringer, or to schedule a time to man the kettles, call Traci Brookshire at 308-1000, and leave a message.