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Salvation Army Thanksgiving dinner will be takeout only

Meals will be served Sunday in front of the centre on Cumberland Street
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More than 350 people enjoyed a complete Thanksgiving dinner on Oct. 13, 2019, thanks to the efforts of Thunder Bay firefighters and the Salvation Army (Tbnewswatch file)

THUNDER BAY — The COVID-19 pandemic has forced a change in this year's Thanksgiving community dinner at the Salvation Army Centre on North Cumberland Street.

Rather than the traditional sit-down meal, the dinner will be served in takeout containers for clients to take to their homes.

Members of the Thunder Bay Professional Fire Fighters Association, along with family members, will provide the meal and serve it to drive-through or walk-up clients from the front of the building between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 11.

The dinner is free to anyone who is in need.

The firefighters have volunteered at the event for 23 years.

Gary Ferguson, executive director at the Salvation Army, thanked them for their ongoing contribution.

"This dinner is only possible because of our partnership with the firefighters and their families who take time out of their own festivities to help their neighbours," Fergsuson said.

Last year's Thanksgiving dinner provided meals to more than 350 people.