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Salvation Army Feeds Hundreds for Thanksgiving

EAST STROUDSBURG -- Hundreds of families in Monroe County will sit down to a feast next week all thanks to the Salvation Army in East Stroudsburg!

The organization held its annual Thanksgiving food drive Thursday and quite the crowd showed up

Vehicles lined Washington Street in East Stroudsburg for the annual Thanksgiving food drive.

The drive allows families in need to get all the fixings they need for the perfect Thanksgiving feast.

Those who picked up packages were grateful for the service and volunteers were thrilled to have another good year.

"We love doing it or obviously we wouldn't be here, so it makes us feel good knowing we can help put food on the table," said Salvation Army food pantry director Jill Brink.

"These people don't get nearly as much as you do, so it's always humbling to come back, see what they don't have and see what you can do to give back to the community," added volunteer Matthew McGinley.

About 400 families picked up everything they need for a Thanksgiving feast: turkey, squash, pumpkin pie, and more.

Ryan Frailey from East Stroudsburg is grateful for the service.

"Every little bit helps," he said. "My kids eat a lot. i got three boys that are, all they do is eat."

In the warehouse, the line was like a well-oiled machine, all the orders get packed up and sent right out the door.

"Everyone is working together and the line is crazy with bags, but I mean we have so many people here so it's making it easy on everyone," said McGinley.

The food is donated by various organizations including Project Turkey, a Greek Life fundraiser hosted by East Stroudsburg University students.

Elizabeth Hawley is a sophomore at ESU and says the group worked very hard over the last few months to make sure thousands of turkeys got delivered.

"It's extremely important because Thanksgiving is a time to really appreciate everything that you have and some of these families really don't have anything, so whatever we can do to help them get that little extra piece of joy on the holidays is really all we are aiming for," Hawley said.

Efforts are now underway to plan the Christmas drive, which will take place in December.