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Posted: Wednesday, November 24, 2010 1:48 pm | Updated: 4:17 pm, Thu Nov 25, 2010.

About 35 homeless people in Tempe are expected to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner with all the fixings Thursday.

For the Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program run by the Tempe Community Action Agency, it will be just another day.

“It’s something we do 365 days a year,” agency spokesman Stephen Sparks said. “Today, we’re just having turkey.”

Each night, the agency provides shelter and a meal for 35 homeless people, at a rotating faith-community site. Thursday’s site is Bethany Community Church, 6240 S. Price Road.

The meal will be provided by Santa Barbara Catering of Tempe.

“This year, we’re catering Thanksgiving dinner at a number of places, so we’ll have a variety of food to send to the church,” said owner Pat Christofolo, a former TCAA president. “They’re going to have a great feast.”

In other holiday charity activity:

• The Salvation Army will serve dinner for about 10,000 people in metro Phoenix, including three East Valley locations: Mesa — The Salvation Army Mesa Corps, 541 E. Sixth St., 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Tempe — The Salvation Army Tempe Corps, 40 E. University Drive, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Chandler — Chandler Community Center, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave., 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Also, The Salvation Army plans to home-deliver about 2,200 meals.

• Way Sushi & Teppanyaki Restaurant, 2512 S. Val Vista Drive in Gilbert, will provide free meals for people ages 65 and older from noon to 5 p.m.

• The Student Nutrition Council at Arizona State University’s Polytechnic campus will provide dinner for 150 students and their families from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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