SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- It's an annual tradition. Syracuse Police travel to the city's Salvation Army to serve an early Thanksgiving meal to senior citizens.
This year's event comes at a time when the Salvation Army finds its services more and more in need.
The Salvation Army provides daily senior citizen day care services as well as filling gaps left by the City of Syracuse's recent decision to try to save on the cost of its senior programs at a key center in the downtown area. The result, for this dinner, was a full house.
"This one doubled in size from other Thanksgiving dinners we've done. We're serving about 200 meals today. Last Thanksgiving, we served like 98. Pretty much close to a hundred," said Linda McNally, director of adult day services.
The Salvation Army says police participation in the dinner is a symbol of strong community support.