BEATRICE – The Beatrice Salvation Army will provide a Thanksgiving meal for the public, from 11 a.m. until one p.m. Thursday, expecting around 50 to 100. Salvation Army Lieutenant Scott Ruse says some 50 home deliveries will be made, as well.
The holiday event gets help from 35 to 40 volunteers.

"It takes an entire army to do a meal like this", Ruse says. He said his wife has put in about thirty hours getting the meal set up for the dinner.

Recently, the organization began their annual red kettle campaign, which Ruse says had already met 25% of the goal.
"Our goal is $20,000 and we were at $5,000 as of this weekend. We have a few new sites, this year".

During the Holiday season, bell ringers will be at two locations at Walmart, at Russ’s Supermarket, Sunmart Foods, Git-N-Split convenience store, Ace Hardware, Orscheln’s and inside the Indian Creek Mall.

Ruse said a holiday appeal for support through the mail is being made.

"We sent out letters to people who have donated to us in the past. We also do the same thing for Christmas".
Reaching the goal of the holiday campaign, Ruse says, would provide about a third of the income the Salvation Army needs for the year.

The local Salvation Army headquarters is at 7th and Market, downtown.