Salvation Army Giving Everyone An Opportunity For A Holiday Feast

December 25, 2004 -- Posted at 10:30 p.m. CST

JONESBORO -- Seven days a week, the Salvation Army extends a helping hand to those who come to the door, and of course, Christmas Day is certainly no different.

"It's a traditional Christmas dinner. Turkey, ham, pie, sweet potatoes, all the good stuff, "said Salvation Army employee John Richards.

It is all that good stuff that keeps folks coming back year after year for the annual Christmas dinner, but it's not just the holidays when the Salvation Army puts food on the tables for those in need.

John Richards has been working for the Salvation Army for five years, and has spent the last two years here in Jonesboro.

He says a special bond is formed by faces he sees.

"The biggest majority of them we see over and over, so they start to feel like family sometimes,"said Richards.

"I think very highly of the Salvation Army, and the establishment here, and the people that work here, they do a very good job,"said Beavers.

Steve Beavers says he appreciates the Christmas meal the Salvation Army provides.

He says everyday he gets a gift from folks at the Salvation Army.

It's a warm smile, and a consoling pat on the back letting him know he has a group of people in his corner cheering him on as he goes through life.

"If it wasn't for this place, I would be in a lot of trouble myself. They take care of you, and they help you out. They'll help you get back on your feet,"said Beavers.

"It's a reminder that the best holiday gifts come not from the store, but from the satisfaction you get from knowing you've made a difference in someone else's life.

"It feels pretty good. It's a way to give back,"said Richards.