Anderson said almost every program available at the Salvation Army's New Hope Centre downtown increased by at least 15 per cent.
Gratitude filled the room as sweet potato, cornbread and turkey filled the bellies of dozens of people fighting different storms. Lurvey says, "It's so important that we give back to the community and take care of each other, especially in a world now where it's so chaotic at times and you see all these bad things that happen".
This year, 1,000 people will enjoy a meal served at the convention center.
Shawniqua Washington said her volunteering is motivated by her love for her community.
"All the money that is raised stays here at our local Salvation Army location and it helps people in need throughout the next year", said Linda Ingram, this year's kettle coordinator. Lanier said that without the help of the businesses to allow the kettles and the volunteers on their property - and that bell-ringing - it wouldn't happen.
"I don't know about the next three or four months".
Captain Morrow said in order to sign up for the distribution, people must provide proof of residence and a photo ID. "We really wanted to do something to support the city of Hot Springs", club President Roosevelt "CHI Town" Hadley said.
Now, the Army assists more than 4.5 million people during the holiday season, thanks in part to kettle donations. "I used to cut the pumpkin pies, but today, they have me doing the rolls". "Every year I come, and I always get the prettiest one".
"This is a community dinner".
Kano said she started volunteering after being invited to a luncheon as a child. Secretary of State, Alison Lundergan Grimes, who's family own the catering company, says this is their 30th year helping out.
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