The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3278 donated a large barbecue smoker to the Salvation Army of Brownwood on Thursday afternoon, hoisting the massive appliance onto a trailer bed behind the VFW building for delivery to the nonprofit.   

The grill will be used for special events, fundraisers, and to help feed the 100-plus locals who eat lunch at the Salvation Army every day. Salvation Army board president Paul Coghlan said the pit can hold about 25 briskets at a time. “[Board treasurer] Margaret Carter introduced us to these guys at the VFW and we gave a talk,” Coghlan said. “And they offered it to us.”   

Carter said the Army serves about 120 meals a day to local residents — many of whom are elderly, hungry or homeless. “And every November we do a fish fry, so this will help us with fundraisers,” she said. “We can also use it in the community.”   

Keith King, the VFW Texas Jr. Vice Commander, said the grill is “at least” 10 years old. “We used to do a lot of brisket cooks and smoke turkeys for Thanksgiving,” King said, “but we got away from that and now it’s strictly just fish fries. So we didn’t have much use for it. Paul asked, and we decided to donate it.   

“It’s part of our mission to help the community,” he said.   

Men from the VFW and Salvation Army board helped hoist the smoker onto the trailer bed with wooden boards, a pulley and chains. Officers from the Brownwood Police and Brown County Sheriff’s Office helped escort the load to the Salvation Army building.   

The Salvation Army is located at 403 Lakeway Dr.