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Salvation Army Feeds Families for Thanksgiving

EAST STROUDSBURG — About 450 of families in Monroe County will have a Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings, thanks to the Salvation Army.

The families said they are grateful for the help.

A long line of vehicles extends for about a half mile through the Borough of East Stroudsburg.

Inside each vehicle, a family anxiously waiting for its Thanksgiving meal.

“It helps feed your kids when you really don’t have the money to do it yourself,” said Elisabeth Claypotch of East Stroudsburg.

Claypotch is one of the people waiting to enter the Salvation Army in East Stroudsburg to have her trunk filled with all sorts of food to serve her family on Thanksgiving.

The Salvation Army in East Stroudsburg received enough donations to help 450 families.

The food pantry director said that number grows each year.

“It saddens me, that the need is that much here in the community, but in saying that, we are blessed to have a community that gives,” said Jill Brink, the director of the Salvation Army Food Pantry.

For Trisha Hopkins, her unemployment recently ran out, making this Thanksgiving meal donation mean so much more.

“It’s going to be the first time having Thanksgiving with our kids at our new place. It’s a struggle, but I’m doing day by day,” said Hopkins of East Stroudsburg.

This army of volunteers understands the need and keeps busy while getting cues about what to load each time a car pulls up.

Once the volunteers get that cue, they go into action almost like a well-oiled machine. The volunteers will grab whatever they need, load the cars up and say to the families “Happy Thanksgiving” as they pull away.

“I’m blessed with the faith from the Lord, and that’s all I can say right now. I’m being blessed,” said Shirillia Davis of East Stroudsburg.

If you would like to get food for Thanksgiving at the Salvation Army in East Stroudsburg, you will be added to a waiting list or the Salvation Army will refer you to the proper food pantry.

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