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Salvation Army and Volunteers Expect 200 for Thanksgiving in Richland

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Volunteers from Hanford and Richland High Schools will decorate the dining hall for Thursday's Thanksgiving feast at the Salvation Army. Volunteers from Hanford and Richland High Schools will decorate the dining hall for Thursday's Thanksgiving feast at the Salvation Army.

RICHLAND, WA - Majors Julio and Karen Vasquez were up early Wednesday shopping for groceries, paper plates, napkins, and other items the Salvation Army will need for Thursday's Thanksgiving Day feast.

The Salvation Army in the Tri-Cities expects about 200 guests, a few dozen more than last year's holiday dinner.

The folding tables in the dining room are bare now, but Julio Vasquez says they will overflow tomorrow thanks to donations throughout the year.

"What helps us is for people to give us non-perishable food," Vasquez says. "If we don't use it here, we're going to be able to use it throughout the year to provide food for families in need. Or also, they can give cash donations. They are always very handy."

Vasquez says plenty of volunteers have also enlisted to help tomorrow.

"We have a team that prepares the food. Another team sets up the table. But then everybody else pitches in to serve a cup of coffee or meals, or cleaning up."

 Students from Hanford and Richland High Schools are lending a hand with decorating the dinner hall, and volunteers from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland will help serve and do the dishes afterwards.

Everyone is invited to the Thanksgiving dinner, noon - 2 p.m. Thursday at The Salvation Army at 1219 Thayer drive in Richland.

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