Walmart and Lincoln Salt Mine create a nicer Thanksgiving for many residents

By: By Bonnie King For The Lincoln News Messenger
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For the last five years, Joyce Tillotson, a Lincoln Hills Community Church member, has applied for and was awarded a $1,000 grant from Walmart in Roseville. 

The grant allowed the church to purchase 100 turkeys to be used for the 500 Thanksgiving Day meals Pastor Eric Long estimates the Salt Mine will deliver this holiday season, impacting more than 2,000 Lincoln and

Sheridan families.  Pastor Mike Bradaric, Joyce Tillotson, Long, and Roseville's Walmart managers Steve Proctor and Steve Winslow met on Nov. 24 to collect and load the turkeys.  Walmart donated 100 liter soda bottles to go along with the meals.

In addition to the turkeys, the Lincoln Hills Community Church recently sponsored a food drive with donations for the "trimmings" to complete a traditional Thanksgiving dinner: cranberry sauce, cake mixes, stuffing, gravy mixes, vegetables and canned fruits. The food bags were delivered to the Salt Mine to accompany the turkeys.

The need for food at the Salt Mine is year-round, as its mission for more than 30 years has been to help feed Lincoln area residents in need.  It currently furnishes meals to more than 8,000 individuals monthly, 40 percent of whom are children, 15 percent seniors and many single mothers.

The downtown thrift store at 105 Flocchini Circle is operated by volunteers and staff. The funds generated at the store help purchase food and services for the many impacted by the Salt Mine. 

Donations for the thrift store are always welcome.  The Salt Mine will pick up donated items if donors call 645-3778 or call Long at 251-0160.


The Salt Mine, at 590 Lincoln Blvd., distributes food from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays through Saturdays.   It also provides a place to wash clothes and take a shower for those in need. 

Donations of personal care items, travel-size shampoo, soap, toothpaste and tooth brushes are always needed.  Volunteers are needed. To volunteer, call the Salt Mine at 645-3778.