Thanksgiving seems to be a little bit completely different for lots of people this 12 months.
Aside from the well being restrictions imposed by COVID-19, the virus can also be the rationale why many individuals in our neighborhood are coping with meals insecurity.
The pandemic has induced many individuals to go hungry rising the demand for meals greater than ever.
“I don’t have a job proper now which sucks and having the ability to have a gaggle like these individuals is superior,” Claremont resident Erica Dahm mentioned. “They do assist out, this can be a lot of meals.”
Dahm is a single mother with two children. She has no household on the town and not too long ago misplaced her job.
“I’m going by means of a tough time and I do know lots of people are, particularly financially, so this actually helps out,” mentioned Dahm.
She’s one of many a whole lot of households and people that lined up this morning to obtain a free Thanksgiving meal.
“We all know that this time of 12 months the necessity is super,” mentioned Lee Lescano, divisional secretary for the Salvation Military in San Diego.
As they do yearly, the Salvation Military hosted a thanksgiving lunch besides issues had been a little bit completely different. As a substitute of a sit-down meal, the group arrange a number of distribution websites throughout the county the place individuals may merely stroll up or drive up, choose up a meal and go.
It was all made attainable by the handfuls of volunteers who stepped as much as assist and provides again to our neighborhood.
“Realizing that there are much more individuals which can be needing the additional assist this 12 months, anyway that we can provide again, we’re grateful that we will have the chance to,” volunteer Sarah Carey mentioned.
Carey and her children have been volunteering with the Salvation Military for years and thanksgiving was a day they knew they could not skip out on.
“Me having the ability to give them one thing of what I’ve is such a tremendous feeling to know that,” mentioned volunteer Truman Carey. “I’m truly serving to individuals and never simply losing my time sitting in a chair and taking part in video video games.”
Over 2,000 meals had been distributed throughout San Diego. “However apart from a full tummy this thanksgiving the Salvation Military hopes the neighborhood is aware of they aren’t alone on this powerful time.
“Not solely is it essential to verify households and people have meals however for them to really feel like we’ve a reference to them and to allow them to know they’re cared for and that we love them,” mentioned Lescano.