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Helping and getting help this Thanksgiving

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Food pantries and community organizations are expecting a great need this Thanksgiving.

The increased need also means more people can help.

The Neighbors Place in Wausau is stocked up for Thanksgiving.

"For the last couple of weeks we've worked very hard at having a turkey available for every family that came through our food pantry," said Tom Rau, The Neighbors Place Executive Director.

Directors said more than 1,300 turkeys have been donated to the pantry.

"We've seen the need increase, I think some of the things we've seen with foodshare and the economy have made those numbers go up," said Rau.

But they still need donations.

Canned holiday favorites, like pumpkin pie mix and green beans are flying off the shelves.

In the freezer, turkeys are in high demand.

Some meals are boxed up and ready to go out to people in need.

"It means a lot to them, especially when they have children as a part of their families," said Rau.

The Salvation Army is also prepping for its annual Thanksgiving lunch.

Leaders said it takes lots of turkeys and sides to put it all together.

"We have seen an increase, it's been slowly increasing every year, I think we saw about a 20% increase in the number of people coming in for food," said Lt. Jacob Tripp, Salvation Army.

The Salvation Army can always use more help.

"What we'll do is have some people serving, some people walking around, checking on people, making sure people have everything they need," said Lt. Tripp.

Helping to share the holiday spirit.

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For more information about the Salvation Army, call: (715) 845-4272

For more information about The Neighbors Place, call: (715) 845-1966

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