Thanksgiving in San Diego

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Plenty of turkey, stuffing and mashed potatoes are available for needy San Diegans for today's Thanksgiving Day Holiday.

The Salvation Army will provide its 28th annual Thanksgiving meal this morning at Golden Hall, which is expected to feed about 2,000 people.

More low-income seniors than ever are expected to seek out meals, including younger seniors in their 60s because of the condition of the economy, said Denise Scatena, a spokeswoman for the Gary & Mary West Senior Wellness Center on Fourth Avenue in downtown.

The senior center, which offers its meals beginning at 11 a.m., will have an area set aside for people with service animals, Scatena said.

Families of needy students at five San Diego Unified School District campuses will be treated to a meal at the House of Blues, also beginning at 11 a.m.

For those in need of exercise before they eat, 5K runs will be held beginning at 7 a.m. at the Oceanside Civic Center, just east of Petco Park and in Balboa Park — the latter to benefit homeless services at Father Joe Carroll's St. Vincent de Paul Villages.

If you can't wait to shop, area Wal-Mart and Kmart stores will be open all day, and Sears will have hours from 7 a.m. to noon. Toys'R'Us outlets plan to open at 10 p.m. ahead of “Black Friday,” when many major chain stores will open their doors before dawn Friday.

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