Salvation Army gives out ‘balutan’ food in lieu of its traditional Thanksgiving lunch

In place of the Chamorro Village Thanksgiving luncheon, the Salvation Army gave out balutan-style food instead.

Although the business community has been hard hit by the pandemic this Thanksgiving, they’ve been stepping forward to help the Salvation Army feed the hungry.

Today, the Reef Hotel did its part by donating food to the needy. From the Salvation Army, the food will be pushed out to the mayor’s offices for distribution to those who are in need this holiday season.

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Capt. Kari Rudd, Salvation Army Guam Corps, said: “In place of the Chamorro Village Thanksgiving luncheon that we usually do as Salvation Army, with COVID, we weren’t able to do that this year. So we’re doing balutan-style dinners. We’re doing 550 today. We did 150 yesterday, thanks to Dusit hotel. And today, we got from the Reef Hotel. We’re taking them out to four different mayors’ offices, Guma San Jose, the Global Dorm and then just folks on the street. We’re gonna make sure that everybody we can find is actually taken care of.”

For Christmas, the Salvation Army has begun its annual bell ringing campaign.

It’s also collaborating with the Marine Corps for the annual Toys for Tots program which will distribute toys for needy children starting December 14th.