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Thousands attend meal in Savannah park for poor

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Thousands of homeless and working poor showed up in a Savannah park for the Feed the Hungry Christmas Dinner.

The Savannah Morning News reported (http://bit.ly/ThSz3r ) It was the first time the event had been held in a downtown Savannah park. 1 of the organizers, The Rev. Carl Gilliard, said he hoped the event Saturday in the park would bring recognition to the large number of homeless in the Savannah area.

Those who signed up for a meal also received a bag of produce. Gilliard said those who came to the dinner will also be monitored and will be offered services to help improve themselves.

1 of those attending the event, 66-year-old Miriam Lewis, said the meal means a lot to those struggling with homelessness or poverty.

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