The Salvation Army ready to serve up to 1,000 people

LIHUE — John Saguid of the Courtyard by Marriott at Coconut Beach said he has to get to the resort at 4 this morning to prepare 15 pans of rice.

“The Salvation Army is preparing to do up to 1,000 meals for its community luncheon,” Saguid said. “Then, after that, we prepare for the resort’s Thanksgiving buffet.”

Saguid was among the volunteers Monday preparing the annual Thanksgiving luncheon at The Salvation Army, Lihue Corps.

Doors open to Kauai War Memorial Convention Hall at 10 a.m. today for entertainment by the kupuna and Larry Rivera and his crew. The free lunch is served starting at 11 a.m.

A similar community luncheon will also take place at The Salvation Army, Hanapepe Corps at its social hall next to Hanapepe Stadium. Lunch will be served starting at 11:30 a.m.

“Kukuiula Development Corp. is cooking and preparing 10 turkeys for us,” said Lt. Elizabeth Gross of The Salvation Army. “That helps us tremendously.”

The Lihue Corps is working with about 25 turkeys for all of its planned meals, including pickups by Kauai Economic Opportunity Meals on Wheels drivers, Saguid said.

“We don’t have enough kitchen space to do all of these turkeys,” he said. “Island School, Kilohana, the Luau at Kalamaku, the Courtyard by Marriott, and Kukuiula are helping to cook these turkeys. We handled about 10 of the birds in the certified kitchen.”

The annual community luncheons at both the convention hall and The Salvation Army Hanapepe Corps are open to anyone who needs a meal and fellowship for the holiday.

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Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.

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