Salvation Army Opens Its Doors To Feed Hundreds For Thanksgiving

Jim Gudas
November 28, 2019 - 6:17 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Hundreds of homeless and low-income Chicagoans gathered at the Salvation Army’s Freedom Center on the West Side to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal with all the fixings.

With donated food the Salvation Army was able to give Thanksgiving meals to hundreds of people who came to the Freedom Center.

Lavelle Conner is a homeless man in a wheelchair who lives on Lower Wacker Drive.

"I am thankful for the Salvation Army and all the hard work that is here to prepare such a great Thanksgiving to people like me who are homeless and hungry," Conner said. 

He said if it wasn’t for the Salvation Army, he wouldn’t have had a hot meal or a warm place to spend his Thanksgiving.

Calvin Ellison was once homeless, but he said thanks to the Salvation Army, he isn’t anymore.

He said he returned to the Freedom Center because he wanted to give thanks to the people who got him off the streets and give hope to people who are still homeless.

The Salvation Army also delivered Thanksgiving dinners to shut ins, many of whom might not have had food otherwise.