(WFSB) – The Salvation Army of Greater Hartford is continuing its tradition of spreading holiday cheer to those who need it most.
This morning volunteers lined up to deliver Thanksgiving meals to homebound, disabled, and isolated seniors.
The program is designed to help those seniors who may not have any other family support.
"It just feels good to do something that's thankful and giving on Thanksgiving," says longtime volunteer, Marlene Snecinski.
Many volunteers return year after year for that very reason.
“We have some people that come who remember coming as children who now come with their own children teaching them the spirit of volunteering,” says Migdalia Lavenbein the area coordinator for the Greater Hartford Salvation Army.
This year the organization plans to serve 900 meals to homebound, disabled, and isolated seniors. Last year, the organization served 750 people.
The Salvation Army has been delivering holiday meals to seniors for over 32 years.
"One of the things that I can always look forward to on Thanksgiving is being able to help out," volunteer Lex Snecinski stated.
But for some volunteers, this is their first year delivering meals.
"Normally, we would be with family, but we're not this year so we thought how could we give back," volunteer Ian Lowell says.
Sometimes the fun of a parade comes from the sense of community they bring.
The Salvation Army's volunteers are bringing seniors into that belonging.
Meals were delivered to seniors throughout Hartford and surrounding towns and cities.
While serving Thanksgiving meals are their goal today, about a month from now, The Salvation Army plans to deliver 900 meals to seniors for Christmas.