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By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –People in need got food, clothing, and toys for their children in Valdosta on Christmas Eve. The only requirement is that they pray.

Hundreds of people showed up to the 12th annual Feed the Needy program.

"It's the largest feed the needy in the state of Georgia," said Chad Harrison, Chairman of the Organization for Christian Outdoorsmen.

Bill Schuster is living in a tent off Jaycee Shack Road.

"I'm hungry and I'm homeless and these are nice people," he said.

People like Schuster could get clothing and toys for their children on one condition.

"One of the things that's required of this program is that they have to have prayer and let us witness to them," said Pastor J.D. Martin. "That's a requirement."

Churches served more than 6,500 meals to those in need. Those who were not able to pick up the meals we're able to have the food delivered to their home.

Harrison says those meals are also feed the hungry in Thomas, Brooks, Clinch and Lanier counties.

"It's really been a blessing to watch people show up and give and receive," he said. "It's all about God and his message of love."

Volunteers assisted people with choosing clothes and toys.

The Organization for Christian Outdoorsmen and King Solomon Baptist Church put together the event.

Businesses and individuals in the area donated the food, clothing, and toys.


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