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Vikings Families Help Serve Thanksgiving Meal at Harbor Light Center

Vikings executives and their families and wives of coaches shared the spirit of Thanksgiving Thursday by serving lunch at the Twin Cities Salvation Army's Harbor Light Center in downtown Minneapolis.

Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman and Executive Vice President of Legal Affairs/Chief Administrative Officer Kevin Warren and their families and wives of Vikings assistant coaches made the visit to the largest homeless outreach facility in the state.

The Harbor Light Center shelters an average of 500 men and women every night, serves more than 1,000 hot meals a day and offers programs to help people find permanent housing and employment opportunities.

Salvation Army Major Jeff Strickler, Twin Cities Commander, said the organization appreciated the help.

"It was wonderful having the Minnesota Vikings at the Harbor Light to serve Thanksgiving dinner to our guests again this year," Strickler said. "Our guests always look forward to their visit and appreciate the loving spirit with which they serve. We are thankful they shared their holiday with us."

The Twin Cities Salvation Army served nearly 214,000 people in the metro area last year through help of more than 30,000 volunteers and makes holidays brighter by providing toys to more than 20,000 children annually.

The Salvation Army places a year-round focus on providing: basic needs (food, clothing, rent and utility assistance), housing, youth programs and outreach, counseling, drug and alcohol rehabilitation and disaster relief.

To find out more about volunteer opportunities, to donate or to find help, visit: SalvationArmyNorth.org.

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