More than 800 meals prepared, served and delivered in Quincy

Think your kitchen was full this Thanksgiving?

Well, imagine cooking more than 800 servings.

That's exactly what happened at the Quincy Senior and Family Resource Center.

KHQA's Jarod Wells stopped in as the Salvation Army Thanksgiving dinner was being prepared Thanksgiving morning and found the man that's been behind the meal for the past 40 years.

Charlie Doan has been volunteering at Quincy's Salvation Army for more than 60 years and he's been the head cook for the Thanksgiving dinner for the past 40 plus years.

Doan said, "250 for Meals on Wheels, 60 for the residents, that's 310. 450 for meals upstairs, plus 80 to carry out for homes and more if necessary, so that puts us between 840 and 900 servings."

Quincy Salvation Army Major Alan Wurtz said, "There's a lot of preparation that happens prior to this point in time. We'll start early in the week to make sure that we've got all the food items that we need, calculating how many servings we're going to have. By the time we get to day everything is well mapped out."

Doan said, "There's so many people that just can't get out, rich or poor, and they can come here and have fellowship and good food. We try to provide the finest food you can get in town."

Wurtz said, "For a lot of people it may be the only meal they get today, so we want to make sure they're well fed on this Thanksgiving day."

Everyone who helped out to make this holiday meal possible was volunteering, including Charlie Doan's family.

Doan said, "My daughters here, two of my grandkids and the third if she can get home quick. My wife will be here if her back will permit her to come and stay that long."

And while these volunteers provide good food for the community, Charlie Doan says the feeling he gets from helping out is a big pay day in itself.

Doan said, "I'm 85 myself and I'll tell you one thing, it's quality of life that stands tall with me, lets help those that need it."

As the ovens were heating up inside the Quincy Senior and Family Resource Center this morning, cars were lined up outside in the cold to deliver meals to the community.

"Recipients get a free meal because the Quincy Noon Kiwanis pays for it. They also get to see a new face. And the main reason we do this is the volunteers that do it all the rest of the year get today off to spend with their friends and family," said John Snyder, Meals on Wheels Coordinator for the Quincy Noon Kiwanis Club.

"The community has been really good to us and we just want to help out," said Lisa Hoffman who delivered meals for the first time.

250 meals were delivered to the community this morning by volunteers.