Soldotna Rotary Club members volunteered their Thanksgiving morning to help.
From start to finish, there are one hundred volunteers logging over 200 hours that help to make the Salvation Army’s season of giving a success. Beginning early in the morning on Thanksgiving Day, volunteers from the Soldotna Rotary Club and the community came together for their annual prep work on the traditional Thanksgiving meal.
Rotarian Roberts helps with food preparation.
With 10 turkeys to be cooked and carved in the early morning hours, the Kenai-based Salvation Army volunteers carried on a century-old tradition in preparing this dinner.
Mike Tauriainen carves turkey.
According to Lt. Craig Fanning, the money to put on this day of sharing comes from the donations collected in the Salvation Army’s Christmas kettles.
Lt. Craig Fanning thanks volunteer Dr. George Jedlika.
The Thanksgiving dinner is an opportunity for anyone, from individuals to families, a place to share this day with others and is not tied to economic need. According to Fanning, the Salvation Army has traditionally made an effort to give the community a place to be so that they do not spend this day alone. The Kenai dinner has been ongoing for over 25 years.
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