9:09 PM EDT, July 2, 2012
The Salvation Army was ready to feed an army Monday night.
"I think it's wonderful," says Cindy Turner.
There were trays of chili, rice, fruit, and lots of bottled water. An assembly line of volunteers filled containers with dinner before the doors opened at the Roanoke Civic Center.
One volunteer showed up just before dinner wanting to help.
"I love to help others and I figured this was a way that I could do so," says Dorothy Holmes.
The free dinner boxes went quickly. Many families were glad to get a hot meal and get a break from the heat.
"I've been without air and food since Friday evening since the storm hit and I just wanted to bring my little ones out here so they can get cool," says Pamela Borders who brought her son and nephew to pick up dinner.
People also told stories about the challenges of living without power.
"When it comes to bathing I've been bathing with just the water from the spicket because we're so hot," says Turner.
Some lost hundreds of dollars.
"I just had to go come today and throw away three big bags of food but we're all safe so that's good," says Borders.
Right now people are just trying to look at the bright side which includes a hot meal.
The Salvation Army expects a bigger crowd Tuesday at the Civic Center. Volunteers will be serving lunch at 12:30p.m. and dinner at 5p.m.
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