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Thanksgiving traditions obviously vary from family to family. But, some folks in Greene County have added a charitable heart to their Thanksgiving festivities, and it’s one that unites food, family, and faith.

Dozens grabbed those trimmings and sent them off with love. As Linton’s First Christian Church marshaled more than 150 volunteers to help give back. Free Thanksgiving started 15 years ago, to help families in the church who didn’t have relatives close by, uniting everyone for the holiday.

“That we’re here one big family, kinda crazy holidays. Just helping each other and giving back just like friends and family would do,” says Kelly Zimmerly, Co-Leader for the Free Thanksgiving Meal.

Volunteers packed and delivered more than 900 meals. Givers like, Teresa McBride, made certain part of her family’s decade long giving tradition is to help those who may not have much. “You just don’t realize until you deliver a meal to someone who is alone on thanksgiving or has had no food that day just how rewarding it is. My grandsons have done this since they could walk,” says McBride.

Sending ripple effects throughout, three generations of her family. “It makes me feel better, and it just helps people, when they don’t have anybody they can just come here, and it helps the elderly, widows and people who do not have any family,” says young volunteer and Teresa’s grandson, Collin Webster.

Spreading the charitable spirit and building community ties, one life at a time. “So many people, without this day, would not have a  thanksgiving dinner. And it’s just so important and I want the boys to know as they grow up that there’s always people who need help, and you always have to step up and help them,” concludes McBride.  

If you’d like to volunteer for 2017 or donate to Free Thanksgiving you’ll find more information on their website www.peopletogod.com.

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