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11/25/04

Church Group Feeds Hundreds

In the Low Country, a Beaufort church served up turkey, dressing, and pumpkin pie, making sure no one spent the holiday without a meal and some companionship. Volunteers at St. Helena's Episcopal Church worked hard this Thanksgiving to make sure everyone in the community gets a homemade feast with all the trimmings.

It's a tradition they've carried on for the past 25 years. "We do it because God has been so good to us and we've been so blessed and feel like we've got an opportunity to give back to the community and show God's love," said organizer Melba Outlaw.

The unique thing about this dinner is that it includes people from all walks of life, from church members, to tourists, local Marines, and those less fortunate all gather together under one roof for Thanksgiving. And you couldn't find a person in the place that didn't appreciate all the volunteer's hard work.

"You never know when you'll be on the receiving end of it and it makes a big difference," said community member Elizabeth Humpfrey. "Our family has done these things in the past and it's so nice to know when we need it, it's here."

"I come down to the church every Thanksgiving and enjoy the service," said Sheila McCartan. "They're so nice and friendly to me. I think this is my sixth year and God knows I enjoy it. The food is great."

"It's very gratifying, but the truth is we get more out of it than they do, so we appreciate the fact that they come," said Outlaw. "It makes it all worth while for us."

Beside all the people they serve at the church, volunteers deliver hundreds of meals to shut-ins and the elderly.Hundreds of volunteers from the church and the community give of their time and resources to make this possible. In fact, we do want to recognize one of the volunteers, Mrs. Hodges, who spent her 50th birthday serving others.

Reported by: Jaime Dailey, jdailey@wtoc.com

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