Local church feeds the homeless in downtown on Thanksgiving
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A local baptist church is making sure everyone has a good Thanksgiving meal including Macon-Bibb’s homeless population.
“A lot of people don’t want to take time out of their day to do this and we appreciate it so much,” said meal recipient Kevin Williford.
That wasn’t the case for the members of St. Luke Baptist Church who spent most of the morning and afternoon handing out hot plates to people in need.
“Some people say, ‘well you do this for every Thanksgiving and every Christmas so you’re never home’ and I’m like ‘but I’m here for my people’,” said Organizer Marie Harris.
For members of the homeless community like Kevin Williford, enjoying a hot meal on Thursday wasn’t promised.
“It’s hard out here especially on the weekends because you don’t have a place to shower, wash clothes, eat,” he said.
But church members put the ‘giving’ back in Thanksgiving providing meals and more to anyone in need.
“Our main focus is the homeless, but we’re providing meals for anyone that wants a Thanksgiving meal and we also have clothes and shoes and coats,” said Harris.
It’s a church tradition they say never gets old.
“St. Luke has for a long time had a history of serving and being in the community on Thanksgiving Day so this Thanksgiving is like none other,” said Youth Pastor Jarvis Adside.
As for Williford, it meant the world to know someone still cares.
“They come out on Thanksgiving–when you’re supposed to be with your family. Thanksgiving is a day you supposed to be with your family but they took time out their day to let God lead them to help us,” he said. “It just shows people (there are) still some good people out here. (There’s) still good people out here,” he added.
Members of St. Luke Baptist Church say they’ve been serving people on the streets during Thanksgiving and Christmas for at least ten years now and they’re more than happy to help.