Volunteers Help Out For Thanksgiving Dinner

Carlos Villalobos

cvillalobos@newscenter25.com

Updated: 11/27/2013 6:06 pm

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Esmeralda Lynn is one of almost 10 to 15 volunteers who will be at the Salvation Army on Thanksgiving Day.

Lynn said she volunteers almost 4 times a week, and every time she does it she knows the time she gives is helping others.

She knows the time she gives is helping others.

"There are people that in need, that need help and if I'm able to give them help and my time I would love to do that," Lynn said.

Lynn said she started volunteering after seeing people on streets who had nothing.

While she knows she can easily be at home with her family, she wants to make a change in her community by helping others who may not have as much as her.

"There's people that are not so fortunate that need that help.  I'm able to help them here in the kitchen and provide any volunteer work I can for them," Lynn said.

While the dining room may be empty for today, tomorrow the seat will be filled with tons of people. In the case for head chef Glenn Haynes it wasn't too long ago he was in the same situation.

A couple months ago, Haynes was on the streets and without a job.

He will now be feeding the people who in July he could relate so much to.

"I myself came in a situation that I checked into the shelter and this is what the shelter and God has done for me. They put me in charge of the kitchen as a manager," Haynes said.

As both Haynes and Lynn get ready for Thanksgiving tomorrow, they know the work they are putting into today is all worth it.

"What Thanksgiving means to me is giving thanks for people doing things for us also," Haynes said.
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