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By Christian Jennings - bio | email

October 8, 2008

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - The struggling economy is hitting everyone hard. A new soup kitchen opened this week in Thomasville that already has people lining up for food.

Erlean Douglas says God brought her to Thomasville with a purpose.

"I came by the street and saw a man eating out the dumpster and I said Lord this man is eating out of this dirty garbage can. And God said, this is the reason why I'm sending you to Thomasville, to feed these people," says Douglas, President of Rescue Mission Ministries.

And that's exactly what she's doing, along with several other volunteers. The Rescue Mission's Soup Kitchen opened Monday, and word is already spreading fast.

On today's menu, it's spaghetti, greenbeans, a salad, and to top it off, some donuts for desert.

With the struggling economy people were lining up Wednesday for food, something many people took advantage of before now.

"Half the time people strugglin right now, gas is high, ain't no jobs, it's just real hard right now," says Marcus Rushing, a visitor to the kitchen.

"Sometimes we got low in food because we have so many bills."

Lucky for them Erlean and the Rescue Mission have faith they can keep giving.

"God's always going to have some food to give these people...I just believe that," says Douglas.

Faith, that everyone seems to be searching for through the hard times.

"The man came yesterday and said I haven't had anything to eat all week, said, do you have anything that you could just give me?" says Douglas.

Her answer was yes. An answer the Thomasville community, is thankful for.

The kitchen is at the corner or Smith Avenue and Cherokee Street in Thomasville.

They're open Monday through Friday....and serve food between 1 and 2pm. Feedback