Salvation Army Kroc Center hosts community dinner

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX--  The Salvation Army's Kroc Center at South Mountain hosted a huge community dinner Tuesday night.

"We have a thousand pieces of chicken, a thousand pieces of ham, a thousand servings of green beans, a thousand servings of corn, a thousand servings of small miniature servings of sweet potato pies," said Ted McClure, Salvation Army board chairman and owner of Spee-D-T's BBQ.

This is the Salvation Army's 13th annual community dinner.

"They've done so much for me. This is my way of giving back to them," said McClure. He caters the whole event as a thank you to the Phoenix Salvation Army that welcomed him as a kid.

"Growing up in this community as a kid, letting me play on their basketball teams and kind of nurturing me. It was kind of a refuge when I was a kid," said McClure.

And now a dinner like this provides for others. "I personally am not working right now so it definitely helps out a lot," said Pepe Hall. 

Hall takes boxing at the Salvation Army Kroc Center. His three boys love spending time there. "I've been playing my instrument," said Jeremiah Hall.

Because at the Salvation Army community dinner, it's not just about a meal but a message at the Thanksgiving holiday.

Some 100 volunteers from the Salvation Army, Chase, and Rose Linda School helped serve the dinner.