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Statesboro meal feeds 1,300

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More than 100 volunteers packed the Statesboro High lunch room on Thursday. They prepared Thanksgiving meals for many in the community that are less fortunate.

"It's important to share with others the blessings God has given us," noted volunteer Presley Lomax.

The meal started more than 20 years ago with a handful of volunteers cooking turkeys in a back yard. It has grown from a diner to the school cafeteria. Meanwhile, a new generation has stepped forward to take over the organization and preparation.

"When I heard that it might be canceled, all I could think of was the kids who'd been served," explained coordinator Robin Aspinwall.

Local businesses and donors give money or commercial containers of food to the cause.

On Thursday, many people continued their tradition of getting to the school early Thanksgiving morning and working for hours to prepare dinners.

"It's so amazing. As someone gets tired and has to quit after a few hours, somebody miraculously shows up to take their place on the line," Lomax added.

Aspinwall said they will immediately begin raising money for the 2013 meal.

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