More than a thousand gather for meal in Sarasota

Posted at 7:42 PM, Nov 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-24 19:42:04-05

More than a thousand people joined the staff at the Salvation Army in Sarasota for a free Thanksgiving meal. 

Organizers said about fifty people volunteered to make the meal happen.  The meal was a huge undertaking, but staff members said they are used to feeding large crowds.

"We normally serve between six and seven hundred," said manager Patricia Jaret.

She said the staff and volunteers look forward to the large Thanksgiving meal.  They gathered 250 turkeys to make the meal happen.

"It's a very rewarding thing just to be able to give someone food," said Jaret.

Rebecca Thomas brought her kids and grandkids to the event, because her son is in a program at the Salvation Army.

"This day brings everyone together if we know each other or not," said Thomas.

Click here to learn more about the Salvation Army.