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Salvation Army serves hundreds on Thanksgiving

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

On this Thanksgiving day, many are enjoying a meal with friends, family, and neighbors. But for some people in the Waterloo community, the Salvation Army steps in to serve a hot meal. 

The Salvation Army volunteers made 14 turkeys and all the fixings on Thanksgiving. They prepared for over 300 people for this holiday.

"We don't want anyone to spend a special day like Thanksgiving by themselves or alone or go without this holiday season," said Major Jose Tamayo.

Tamayo is thankful for the dozens of people who spend their holiday helping others and one volunteer has been a fixture in this kitchen for years.

"33, 34 years," said Dorothy Macomber.

For almost 35 years Macomber has spent her Thanksgiving at the Salvation Army.

"She was employed at one time as our cook and retired from that position and continued to volunteer and stay on. She is quite an asset," said Tamayo.

Macomber says she spends time with her family after this meal, but it's the visitors at the center she wants to serve first.

"There's a lot of people out there who need a good, hot, Thanksgiving meal," said Macomber.

While many visitors and volunteers are thankful for Macomber, she says its the visitors who make her Thanksgiving holiday so special.

"To see the happy faces when they come in and get a hot, hot plate," said Macomber.

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