TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - Ashley Brown didn't come to the old Salvation Army site for a handout. She admits being hungry but she's also thankful.
"If it wasn't for this dinner right here, I doubt I'd have a place to have Thanksgiving dinner," says Brown inside a tent on Greensboro Avenue.
Brown lost everything she had and so did Tuscaloosa's Salvation Army. April's tornado destroyed the charity's office where meals were normally served. So it's continuing a holiday tradition of feeding the needy by serving meals from a mobile unit to any who line up and ask for it.
Greg Kagrise, who works for the Salvation Army, told Fox6 News, "Need never stops. And the mission of the Salvation Army should never stop either. The lack of a building doesn't equate to a lack of passion or a lack of desire to help a community that needs us."
Volunteers fixed to-go boxes for anyone who came. They expected to serve at least 200 people. But within an hour, they realized they'd serve many more. By days' end they fixed more than 500 boxed meals for folks who didn't want to eat in a large tent set up on the site of the old Salvation Army building.