(WBRE/WYOU) In the Poconos, hundreds of struggling families are giving thanks to a little early.
They can put food on the table this Thanksgiving, thanks to the kindness of strangers today.
Eyewitness News Reporter Brianna Strunk has more.
It operates like a drive-thru — but the ‘to-go bags’ aren’t filled with burgers and fries. “It’s like fast food, for community service!” said Denahgi Bostick, a Junior at East Stroudsburg University.
This is the East Stroudsburg Salvation Army’s annual Thanksgiving food distribution. More than 500 families are lining up, to pick up a turkey and all the trimmings.
“When they pull in they look kind of nervous, but you put the food in and say ‘Happy Thanksgiving’ and you see this big smile and they’re like ‘thank you! So, it’s really nice” said Bostick.
Volunteers put all these bags together. Families will receive all the ingredients for a Thanksgiving meal — plus a little extra!”
Aaron Morris and his wife are one of the families in line.
“Times are tough, don’t have a ton of money. Three kids at home, a newborn, and mom passed away recently. So, it means a lot to get all this food” Aaron explained
Even the Salvation Army’s own Major knows what it’s like to struggle around the holidays.
“I grew up in a large family with 8 brothers and 4 sisters. My dad always worked hard, but sometimes at thanksgiving things would get tough” explained Major Gilbert Parkhurst, East Stroudsburg Salvation Army.
Students from local colleges and high schools helped distribute the meals.
“This is really cool how many people they actually have here!’ added Aaron Morris.
A table filled with food — and gratitude”