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PHOTOS: Hundreds line up for Salvation Army Thanksgiving meal boxes in Casper on Tuesday

Volunteers fill a trunk with food for Thanksgiving meals at the Salvation Army’s Goodstein Hope Center on Tuesday morning. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — A line of vehicles stretched nearly an entire city block on Tuesday morning as the Salvation Army handed out Thanksgiving family meal boxes at their Hope Goodstein Center in downtown Casper.

According to the Salvation Army’s Major Patricia Simeroth, organizers were expecting at least 400 people to drive through for meal boxes on Tuesday.

A line of vehicles nearly circles the block as they line up for the Salvation Army’s Thanksgiving meal boxes in central Casper on Tuesday. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

“Both we and Joshua’s Storehouse are working hard to provide food for this area,” she said. The Salvation Army partnered this year with the Joshua’s Storehouse next door to their facility to help distribute the food.

Turkeys have been in short supply around the country, and Simeroth said it was difficult getting enough for everyone. Hams and pork shoulders would be given out after turkey supplies run dry, she said.

Warehouse manager Larry Baros leads volunteers, including members of the Natrona County High School Mentors Program, as they package food items for the Salvation Army’s Thanksgiving meals on Tuesday. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Simeroth credited First Lady Jennie Gordon’s Wyoming Hunger Initiative for helping with funding, along with other donations that came in this year. The Salvation Army partnered with the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies, as well as Albertsons, to gather enough food for hundreds of full Thanksgiving meals.

“There are so many in need this year; it’s been challenging for everybody,” she said. Simeroth expects nearly 500 people to arrive for the Christmas meal boxes next month.

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Dozens of volunteers helped box and distribute the food on Tuesday, including 16 students with the Natrona County High School Mentor Program.

“We like to go out into the community and help as much as we can,” said program director MaryAnn Chavez. The students arrived around 9 this morning to help, and will be back in December to assist with the Christmas meal boxes.

“It’s all about selfless acts of kindness; that’s our goal,” said Chavez.

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

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