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Salvation Army facing unexpected problem just before Thanksgiving

ABILENE, Texas - The Salvation Army in Abilene is dealing with an unexpected headache, and they say it couldn't come at a worse time.

Wednesday morning, their walk-in cooler went out, and now they're scrambling to figure out how to keep their food from going bad.

"Our walk-in went out so I have to pull everything out, and if I can't use it or freeze it, I have to throw it out today,” said Samantha Futrelle, the kitchen manager at the Salvation Army. “So that is what we're doing at the moment.”

They also found electrical problems. Repair bills are expected to be about $5,000.

“That's a lot of money for us right now, especially when the season's just kicking in, and we're trying to take care of everybody,” said Shelley Futrelle, the public relations and community development director at the Salvation Army.  

They were already behind on donations, and they said this just makes the situation even more complicated.

“We've only had five turkeys,” Shelley Futrelle said. “We usually roll with about 40 turkeys on Thanksgiving.”

But they said the priority right now is getting that walk-in fixed to save what they already have.

“[I] can't store donations if I don't have a walk-in,” Samantha Futrelle said.

They’re using other smaller refrigerators and ice chests for now.

If you'd like to help, they said they need monetary donations and food donations for their annual Thanksgiving Day meal.  


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