Newsmaker: Chris Blessing
Noteworthy: The Salvation Army captain organized about 300 Thanksgiving meals for the disadvantaged and prepared to serve them at the organization's Braddock Worship and Service Center, 300 Holland Ave. in Braddock.
Family: Wife, Jennifer, also a Salvation Army captain
Background: Blessing has spent his adult life dedicated to the work of The Salvation Army. He started at age 5, when his family was helped during a critical period by The Salvation Army in Lewistown. He soon began volunteering to stir kettles at Salvation Army events and later joined its ranks full-time.
Education: Graduate of Lewistown High School; associate degree in occupational studies at The Salvation Army's School for Officer Training in Suffern, N.Y.
Quote: “I just love the people. This is my mission. The Army blessed my family when we were struggling, and I feel I should give back. They taught me to read music and play drums. Thanksgiving meals will be great. You get turkey, sweet potatoes, cranberries, everything.”