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Thanksgiving: Grateful for good meal in Marysville
Marysville Elks Lodge — 11 a.m.-1 p.m. or until the food is all gone at 920 D St., Marysville.
Riverbottoms Church — 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at 1297 Market St., Yuba City, served by A Hand Up Ministry.
Krista May is thankful for many things.
"I got to see my kids today, and they get to stay with me overnight," May said.
The 24-year-old Willows woman came to Marysville two weeks ago and checked into the Salvation Army's Depot Family Crisis Center's drug-treatment program.
"I had a drug problem, but I've been clean 21 days, and it's all new now," May said.
On Wednesday, May and others began giving back by helping nearly 400 local residents to an early Thanksgiving dinner.
Julia Williams is proud of her achievements and grateful for her opportunities.
The 53-year-old Yuba City woman came to the Salvation Army's drug treatment program five years ago and turned her life around, she said.
Now, she is the program's head cook.
She organized the cooking of 21 turkeys, 75 pounds of potatoes, 19 gallons of sweet potatoes, 18 gallons of green beans, 80 pounds of fruit salad and about $350 in pies.
"I'm getting everything out of life that I wanted," Williams said. "It feels so good to be part of an organization like that Salvation Army. It's so rewarding feeding people, and it's all a team effort."
Loma Rica's Ashley Harrington and two of her best friends, Kirsten Gillming and Katrina Staples, helped serve dozens of people across town at the Twin Cities Rescue Mission on 14th Street. They set tables, opened canned foods, dried dishes and prepared carry-out bags of food for homeless and other people in need.
"I'm grateful for my family and friends because I know there are not a lot of people that are lucky enough to have a big family and to be close to them," Harrington said.
About 200 people were served Thanksgiving dinner at the Mission.
One of those grateful resident was Marysville's Suzette Severa, who lives outside in the Hollywood Trailer Park area and is also thankful for many things.
"I'm grateful that we're dry today and able to assist others," Severa said.
Severa and Kevin Wright waited in line outside the Twin Cities kitchen for Styrofoam cartons of foods. They packed extras for their friends at the camp not well enough to make the long hike across town.
"We're doing better because we're pretty well hunkered down, now," Severa said. "And we have been able to help others with tarps and we're just glad to be up and moving around."