Church feeds, clothes homeless community for Thanksgiving

Church feeds, clothes homeless community for Thanksgiving

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany church reached out to the homeless community today, feeding and clothing several hundred people.

Hines Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal Church has been working to help those in need around Thanksgiving for more than 25 years. Each year, the church gathers clothing, toys and food to give those in need.

"When you look around and you think about people who are less fortunate. I think it's our responsibility to help anyone. If we are able to help them, it is our responsibility to do so," said Ann Adams and Sara Barnett, Hines Memorial Chairpersons.

This year, as the doors opened for the day, the year's line is even bigger than the last. Each person grabs a ticket and heads into their room packed with collected items.

This year isn't Ernest's first time visiting Hines Memorial for the holidays. He was able to find clothing as he made his way through the line. Ernest says he's always welcomed with open arms and he's thankful for the church member's generosity. "They're nice. They always giving people stuff and making them happy," said Ernest.

While participants were collecting clothing, church members spent the morning preparing a Thanksgiving dinner. The church says they're helping feed between 200 and 300 people. They've been gathering the food for months.

"There's many people who don't have Thanksgiving meals, or really that don't have meals during the week," said Marye Wright, Hospitality Chairs person.

Church members hope the line will just keep growing as they expect to provide a Thanksgiving meal for years to come.

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