Salvation Army feeds thousands on Christmas

Thousands of people in the valley are getting a hot meal this afternoon thanks to the Salvation Army. The annual Christmas Day dinner at the Phoenix Convention Center offered so much more.
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Thousands of people in the valley are getting a hot meal this afternoon thanks to the Salvation Army. The annual Christmas Day dinner at the Phoenix Convention Center offered so much more. 
 
"Even though we don't have a lot, but we have each other and to be together and a family," said Frances Pineda.
 
Thousands of people got a hot meal for Christmas thanks to hundreds of volunteers working around the clock. They made sure the turkey and all the fixings were ready for those in need.
 
"We actually have our team our committee works on this all year round, but it takes a team of about 2,500 volunteers to make that happen, preps through the week as well as today," said Maj. John Brackenbury.
 
Volunteers are also spreading cheer throughout the valley, with thousands of meals hand delivered to people's homes.
 
"The turkey, the stuffing, the mashed potatoes and gravy and the pumpkin pie and load all of that up in the vehicles and these families take them across the valley to about 3,500 individuals who are just needing some Christmas cheer this morning," said Maj. Brackbury.
 
People are getting more than just a hot meal this Christmas morning. The event even includes family photos, free toys for the kids, and even a haircut.
 
Sylist Carla Donaldson with Salon Izzy has been volunteering at the event for years, she cannot imagine her Christmas morning being any different.
 
"Some of the people I talk to, they tell me they haven't had a haircut in three years, but they're so thankful, and it's so important to give back," said Donaldson.
 
The planning for the next year's Christmas dinner begins in a few months.

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