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Published June 07, 2009, 10:36 PM

Hundreds attend Salvation Army picnic

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A sign of the struggling economy, increased need brought out hundreds of people to a special event. The sixth annual Salvation Army picnic was in downtown Fargo.

By: Christina Vaughn, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A sign of the struggling economy, increased need brought out hundreds of people to a special event. The sixth annual Salvation Army picnic was in downtown Fargo.

The free event is put on by the Salvation Army and other groups. Kids played games in the parking lot and won prizes, also in the lot, people could enjoy music from a local gospel band, then eat a warm meal. This year, workers expect a record number of 800 people. Workers say people sometimes take simple things like picnics for granted.

For some people, today's luncheon is their only opportunity for a summer picnic. For others, it's a time to meet those faces in the community. WDAY 6 Reporter Christina Vaughn introduces us to some people who came for the food, fun, and fellowship.

The Salvation Army is practically home to Kerry Salseg. He's been coming here for a while and now visits every day.

“Sometimes it's good meals, sometimes its bad meals.”

Tonight's dinner is different.

“It’s great meals, hamburgers, brats, I don't know.”

A summer style picnic that Salseg wouldn't normally be able to participate in, a time for him to sit and hang out with friends and just shoot the breeze.

“I like the music too, that's my main thing is the music.”

Other people at tonight's picnic say they love the idea of a community wide event like this.

“The community needs to be brought together and shown the brotherly love, that people are good.”

Carbno says the best part is brining her family along, spending time together and being able to feel comfortable the whole time.

“It doesn't matter who you are, or what your status is, you're always welcome here.”

People here say they're thankful for the service the Salvation Army provides, so everyone can have a chance to enjoy the night and take part in a summer tradition.

“They’re good people and they go more than just church. They try to make you go and try to join in and pitch in. And they feed you and take care of you; it's not a bad deal.”

While tonight's fun is free of charge, to everyone here tonight, the time spent together is priceless.

Thrivent Financial, Luther Family Ford, and the Maranatha Free Lutheran church also helped with the picnic.

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