November 19, 2007
Albany -- Members of a downtown Albany church say they are shocked by the large number of people who came to their annual Thanksgiving Community Luncheon.
The line for the free Thanksgiving lunch circled all the way around the meeting room at the Hines Memorial C.M.E. Church on North Madison Street.
This is the 15th year the church has cooked a lunch for the needy in the community, but organizers say they were surprised by the large number of people who came this year.
The church members prepared turkey and dressing, vegetables and desert for 250 people, but were afraid they might not have enough for the numbers that came.
"That's right. Whether they need it or not, they are here now," said Hines Memorial CME Member Julia Driskell. "So we are going to feed them as long as we can."
"I'm thankful for this meal and the service we had from this wonderful church," said Joe Hicks.
The Hines Memorial church members also collected clothes, and gave those to the people in need before the Thanksgiving lunch.
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