Starting a New Tradition to Help Others in Tamaqua

TAMAQUA --  Traditions are built on holidays like Thanksgiving. For people such as the Christman family, this is their first time coming out to the Salvation Army in downtown Tamaqua to enjoy some turkey dinner.

"I get to be with my family! How special is that for you? Really special!" said Deanna Christman.

The annual dinner is a staple in the community. The dinner serves around 800 hundred families, whether it's in person, take-out or even delivery.

"I think it makes me feel good because it helps the people, makes the other families feel good when other families have other plans," added Kelly Christman.

For Wyatt Kunkel, Justin Eiden, and Tyler Haskins,  this is their first time volunteering at the dinner. The first of what they hope is many.

"It makes me feel good because other people are less fortunate and we get to help out," said Kunkel.

If you ask one of the organizers, there's a little extra something to be thankful for this year.

It has been a busy 24 hours for Major Sharon Whispell of the Tamaqua Salvation Army.

"If you can't tell by my smile, I became a grandmother yesterday. Gremlin is what little faith angel will call me. But my daughter gave birth to a beautiful little girl," said Major Whispell.

Spreading a little extra cheer this thanksgiving as one family gets a little bigger.