THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Volunteers in Thomasville came together at the Thomasville High School Thursday to serve their community this Thanksgiving. Project Backyard partnered with Word Doers to make sure families in need had full plates, stomachs and hearts.
Julie Lindsey and her son Kyle say that volunteering on Thanksgiving has become a holiday tradition for them. Lindsey says it's her way of giving back to an organization that made a difference in her family's life.
"Everybody needs help sometimes. And if you can give it, if all you can give is your time, then why not give it?" asked Julie Lindsey.
Lindsey chooses to spend her holiday helping those in need; a feeling she remembers quite clearly.
"It's important to our family because we've been needy before and we've been helped by this organization," said Lindsey.
Lindsey and two hundred other volunteers helped serve hot, holiday meals and desserts to more than one thousand folks around the community. This is the third year Project Backyard has hosted this event-- and each year the response from the community grows.
"As you scan the room, it's really a diverse group of people. Different races, different ages, people from different backgrounds and walks of life, different churches. So it's really cool to see such a diverse group come together," said Bryan Watt.
Folks in need were also able to receive donated clothing, shoes, and toys. Watt says this community effort provides a glimpse of hope to a country in desperate need of just that.
"What's going on in our culture right now, especially in the U.S., there's a lot of news about division. So to have something like this where we see unity in the midst of division all over our country is a great thing," Watt said.
Project Backyard plans to have another holiday community outreach event in December. You can go to
to learn more about the organization and how you can get involved.