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Published June 27, 2010, 08:28 AM

Salvation Army serves up food and fun

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - They are among the first on the scene during emergencies and disasters; the Salvation Army. We saw it most recently during the Wadena tornado, on the frontline making sure disaster victims are taken care of. Today, a small change of pace for the Salvation Army, but it didn't stop its mission of serving people.

It's a perfect sunny evening for one of Fargo's biggest family picnics and it has all the fixings. Like music, games, and you can't forget the brats at a picnic.

"A picnic in the summer for Americans is the same as Thanksgiving and Christmas. It's traditional so why not offer that to people we serve and it is just an opportunity for people to get together. Families are coming together just to spend some time and it's really important."

Right now, the Salvation Army still has volunteers working in Wadena. Leaders say this environment is a nice change of pace from what volunteers usually see when serving people.

"It's great to be involved in the community in more ways than just disasters. We just want to be apart of our community here in Fargo."

The night is designed for the whole family to have fun. With these inflatable games and other activities, I think it's safe to say the youngsters are getting the most enjoyment at the picnic.

"It rocks and I’d rather be here than inside my room."

"And the baseball one, I was really good at. I got a double.”

“I never got a shot into it, I'm bad at it"

Mission accomplished, everyone fed and smiles all around. Nearly 100 volunteers helped put on the event. They made enough food to serve more than 800 people.