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FARMINGTON — With a large number of local companies having laid off employees this year,the  Salvation Army is expecting to serve more people than in past years during its annual Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Farmington Civic Center, 200 W. Arrington St.

The Salvation Army is one of several local organizations that will be providing meals for people. The Aztec Senior-Community Center, 101 S. Park Ave., will also present a Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, and the First Baptist Church of Bloomfield will serve dinner from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday at in the church's gym, 200 W. Sycamore Ave.

The dinners at the three locations will serve about 2,000 people.

Salvation Army Lt. Bill Simon said he is expecting between 1,200 and 1,500 people to attend the dinner at the civic center. The Aztec Senior-Community Center expects to serve more than 200 people, according to its director, Cindy Iacovetto. Last year, the Bloomfield First Baptist Church fed 200 people. 

"Our goal is to have more food than we have people," Simon said, adding that the Salvation Army will have more than 500 turkeys.

"I think it's important because a lot of people don't have family," Iacovetto said about Aztec's Thanksgiving dinner.

Other people may not have the finances for a nice meal, she added.

The senior center is also delivering meals to families, Iacovetto said. She said if people know someone who needs food for Thanksgiving, they can email her at  ciacovetto@aztecnm.gov  with a phone number, address and number of meals needed.

Hannah Grover covers Aztec and Bloomfield, as well as general news, for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652.

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