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Hastings Salvation Army makes changes to Thanksgiving dinner distribution

The Hastings Salvation Army Thanksgiving dinner is seeing some COVID changes this year.
The Hastings Salvation Army Thanksgiving dinner is seeing some COVID changes this year.(KSNB)
Published: Nov. 25, 2020 at 5:10 PM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - The Hastings Salvation Army Thanksgiving dinner is seeing some COVID changes this year. Normally served downtown at the Masonic Center, it will instead be a to-go meal served at the Adams County Fairgrounds.

People will need to send one family member at a time into the east building to get the number of meals they need. Only 10 people will be allowed inside the building at a time.

“It is going to be a totally different year than what we are accustomed to. We’re excited that we still have the opportunity to provide the meal,” Major Dale Brandenburg said. “Normally the Thanksgiving day meal is provided by the Hastings Salvation Army and 17 local businesses and restaurants. This year the meal is being provided by the Hastings Salvation Army and two of the restaurants.”

With other organizations cancelling their holiday meals, they are prepared to serve around 500 people.

“We are preparing for more meals but I have talked to a couple of organizations that have already done their thanksgiving distribution and their numbers are way down,” Major Brandenburg said. “But we’ve had more people calling this year asking about it than we’ve ever had.”

Dinner will be served from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. or until food runs out.

The Salvation Army is also in a big need of bell ringers for their holiday kettle fundraiser. People can sign up online and pick the times and locations they want.

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