“Helpings from the Heart” to Serve More Than 20,000 Meals at 27th Annual Thanksgiving Feast in Orlando
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“Helpings from the Heart” to Serve More Than 20,000 Meals at 27th Annual Thanksgiving Feast in Orlando

Golden Corral Will Host Event at The Salvation Army on Thanksgiving Day

November 12, 2019 // Franchising.com // ORLANDO, FL - For the 27th consecutive year, Golden Corral, along with the generous support of several Orlando-area businesses, will once again serve free meals to the public on Thanksgiving Day as part of the annual “Helpings from the Heart” program. The event is expected to serve more than 20,000 meals to deserving residents in Central Florida on Thanksgiving Day.

The event will take place beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 28, in The Salvation Army gymnasium located at 440 W. Colonial Dr., Orlando, FL. The dinner is a collaborative effort between Eric Holm, owner and president of Metro Corral Partners, and several area business partners and community groups.

Giving Back

Holm founded “Helpings from the Heart” in 1992 as a way to give back to the community and thank The Salvation Army, which provided a Thanksgiving meal to the Holm family when he was a child. Holm experienced the need for help first-hand. He grew up in a single-parent family and worked to help support his mother as a busboy in a restaurant where she was a waitress. This annual event now gives Holm the opportunity to help others who may not be able to afford a full Thanksgiving meal.

“Now in our 27th year, Helpings from the Heart seems to get bigger and better each year,” said Holm. “I am personally humbled to be able to serve others throughout Central Florida on Thanksgiving Day. The event is open to anyone who wants a great meal and to celebrate the holiday in fellowship with others.”

The dinner is a joint venture between Holm and area nonprofit organizations, corporations and local businesses, including The Salvation Army, Coca-Cola, McLane, Harvill’s, Bubbalou’s, Puff n Stuff, Universal, KEM, Sam’s Gas, Georgia Air, Kelly’s, One Fat Frog, Colt’s Pig Stand, Alsco Linen, Penske, Floyd’s 99 Barbershop, Sunbelt Rentals, United Site Services and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office, which provides protection for all guests and volunteers. More than 1,100 Salvation Army volunteers will arrive throughout the day to assist with serving the meal this year.

“The Helpings from the Heart event is something we look forward to all year,” said Jason Gronlund, Executive Chef of Helpings from the Heart. “A lot of preparation goes into it, but it is a team effort that brings a lot of joy to many people. We look forward to being able to serve a great meal that day to so many deserving people in the Orlando community.”

Gronlund and his staff will prepare more than 3,000 pounds of turkey and 3,000 pounds of ham along with plenty of mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, stuffing, cranberries, sweet potatoes, corn, pie, fruit and beverages. Meals are also available for carry-out or will be picked up and more than 8,000 meals will be delivered to nursing homes, shut-ins, local churches and other facilities throughout the Orlando area.

“The Salvation Army is proud to partner with Golden Corral to serve up thousands of Thanksgiving meals for people in the Orlando area,” said Captain Ken Chapman of The Salvation Army, Orlando Area Command. “The true spirit of Thanksgiving will be on display as volunteers and area residents come together to share a meal and togetherness throughout the day.”

Those wishing to donate to The Salvation Army to fight hunger year-round are encouraged to text “Helpings” to 41444 to continue feeding the disadvantaged men, women and children in their shelters.

Eric Holm of Metro Corral Partners is a prominent businessman in the Orlando community and a member of the national advisory board of The Salvation Army. He owns and operates 33 Golden Corral restaurants and specializes in making pleasurable dining affordable.

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in his name without discrimination.

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