Salvation Army feeds hundreds for Thanksgiving

By Brittany Pieper – email

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) – Hundreds of volunteers spent their Thanksgiving serving the residents of the Salvation Army shelter.

"Just to be able to have community with your friends and neighbors. To serve and give back. I think that's very valuable to everyone," said K.C. Kilpatrick, Director of Development for the Salvation Army.

Among those enjoying the food, the company, and the music sat Lester Williams. Facing a difficult time, he felt he needed to make a change in his life.

"I'm an alcoholic, and I'm on the road to recovery. That's one of the reasons why I'm here," said Lester.

He packed his bags and left his home in New Orleans. Sunday night he found himself at the Salvation Army in Shreveport. Thursday, his smile stood out among the 100s of happy faces.

"I think it's beautiful. Really I do. God is good, and it's showing you right here because when I came here Sunday morning, I didn't know what I was gonna do, where I was gonna go," said

Williams said he's thank ful for his health, the people surrounding him, and second chances.

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