Escondido, CA

Salvation Army to host Thanksgiving meal

Last year’s community Thanksgiving dinner hosted by the Salvation Army. Members of the community are served by volunteers. This year’s will be different in that it will be a “to go” style to conform to COVID-19 regulations.

The Escondido Salvation Army located at 1301 Las Villas Way will be having a Community Thanksgiving Meal that will be a to-go style this year due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The dinner on November 25 will be from 11 a.m. to 1 for everyone who needs it. 

Like other organizations that serve the homeless and lower income residents, the Salvation Army is feeling the strain of serving larger numbers of those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic’s effects on employment and living circumstances.

Lt. Denise Litreal of the Escondido Corp, told The Times-Advocate, “This will be a full Thanksgiving meal with all the sides and yummy pies. On November 20th we are serving Thanksgiving meals to our Silvercrest Senior Residents that live here on our property—that is 98 seniors. These meals will be delivered to their homes as we cannot gather this year as we have in all the past years in the rec room due to the virus.” 

Operation Rescue Christmas is underway at the Salvation Army Escondido Corps as needy families have been signings up for the last two weeks for Christmas Assistance. 

Lt. Litreal said, “We are looking to serve three hundred or more families this Christmas Season though our annual Christmas Assistance program. We will be giving out toys and food to needy families in the Escondido and North Inland SD County.”

She added, “All families in need are encouraged to visit our new online registration site at and fill out the application completely including uploading of required documents in order to qualify.”

The Salvation Army is accepting new unwrapped toy donations from now until December 14 in order to serve these families that have the most need. She added, “We are in need of those in the community that feel led to give to our annual Red Kettle fundraiser it gets underway on November 9 at select stores be looking for the Kettles and Bell Ringers. We are limiting our locations this year due to the COVID-19 virus so we won’t have as many out this year.” 

Walmart invites you to Round-up to give to The Salvation Army when you shop and check out and online as well.  

Lt. Litreal continued, “Now more than ever it is important for us to be able to meet our fundraising goal as we have been serving three times the amount of families with Emergency Food and Social Service needs since March. Our annual Christmas Red Kettles fund our program for the entire year. We are also in the process of matching up donors who feel led with families who have experienced extenuating circumstances loss of a family member, house fire victims, sick child, and other very difficult things for our Adopt a Family. This is where we match Families with these types of needs to a donor that agrees to buy gifts for the entire family to bring a little extra Christmas joy to the entire family and in many cases makes Christmas happen for these children. We are the modern day Santa Claus and we make Christmas happen for those with the most need, and together we do the most good!”

She added, “Christmas dinner for our Silvercrest senior residents will be served on December 18 with gift cards for all the seniors donated from the Oaks North Seniors as they have adopted all of our seniors again this year, along with that we will give gifts, cookies, and good cheer!” 

You can locate Escondido’s Salvation Army at 1301 Las Villas Way, Escondido CA 92026. Call the 

Office 760-745-8616 or Cell 714-975-4295.

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