Salvation Army officials needs help to make Thanksgiving better for some Lawrence families.
The charity organization has begun its annual Thanksgiving basket program, which provides traditional holiday meals to local families.
Betsy Anderson, holiday assistance coordinator, said the organization expected to help more than 500 families this year. Last year, the agency distributed meals to 465 families with help from community groups, churches, businesses and clubs.
"We've had many families who, if they receive food stamps, can only make them stretch for their regular everyday food," she said. "It's a matter of maybe taking milk off the table in order to buy something like that (a Thanksgiving meal)."
In each basket, the Salvation Army tries to provide a turkey, sweet potatoes, stuffing, vegetables, fruit, bread and a dessert.
Residents can help by: adopting a family; donating grocery gift certificates; conducting food drives and donating the gifts; donating turkeys; and donating time to help assemble and distribute baskets.
For more information, call Anderson at 843-4188.