Getting ready for Turkey Day

On Monday, volunteers began the process of preparing to feed over 700 people for the Salvation Army’s annual free Thanksgiving meal, held this Thursday at the Salvation Army, located at 107 West State Street in Marshalltown. Dine-in and carry-out will run 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with deliveries to Marshalltown residences available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday afternoon, volunteers de-boned 47 turkeys — smoked and donated by Smokin’ G’s — and processed 150 pounds of potatoes. Marshalltown High School students will help make the dressing and bake 120 pumpkin pies. In addition, a sweet potato soufflé will be served, plus ham, corn, green beans, homemade mashed potatoes and gravy, dinner rolls, cranberry sauce and a bevy of desserts. To add your name to the meal delivery list, please call the Salvation Army by noon on Wednesday at 641-753-5236. Volunteers to help cook throughout the week and serve the meal and clean-up are always needed.