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Volunteers serve over 2,000 meals at Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving dinner

(Columbia) Nov. 25, 2004 - Dozens of people opened their hearts to help the hungry with over 2,000 warm meals Thursday morning at the Carolina Coliseum.

The 14th Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving dinner, co-sponsored by St. Peter's Catholic Church and First Baptist, provided a chance for some to give more than just thanks.

Volunteers like Johnny Nix have put in a busy week, ""I've been cooking since Monday a week ago."

Nix has spent over 100 hours cooking 200 turkeys. It's time he says was well spent,"You just look at these people. They're appreciative. That's important."

Nix's only regret is that it can't be done more often,"Unfortunately  we can't do this but once a year. I wouldn't mind doing it every month."

Along with the slabs of holiday meat, over 1,500 biscuits and 400 pies were sliced up to give those in need a taste of Thanksgiving. Nearly 2,000 people gathered for the feast.

For volunteer John Yates, it was a time for both the thankful and the hopeful, "I think that's the goal to help people get on their feet unfortunately not all of them do but some of them do. For everybody  that does it's a blessing, it's great."

At one time Yates was homeless. He says dinners like this helped him turn his life around. He now reaches out to others in need,"whenever I have a chance to give back I do."

Reported by Angie Goff

Posted 4:40pm by Chantelle Janelle

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