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Thanksgiving meals served to the helpers in Midway
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Volunteers pose in front of a table laden with Thanksgiving dishes, prepared for those who work and serve Midway citizens during the holidays. - photo by Annie Torres

The late Mister Rogers of television fame used to tell children to look for the helpers when they needed to feel safe. On Thanksgiving, neighbors in Midway gathered to help their helpers through a Feed My People event. 

Others who might be alone on the holiday were also encouraged to attend the event at the serving site and enjoy a meal, prayer and fellowship. An event brochure reads, “Our goal is for no one to be home alone on Thanksgiving Day!”

Glen and Charm Reed, a mission team with Connections Church, helped organize meal delivery to police officers, caretakers and others who work and serve the Midway community during the holidays.

“This is one of those things that we connect with Pastor Stanford L. Anderson on to do for the community,” Glen Reed said. Reed said the Thanksgiving event was Anderson’s brainchild, and that the pastor has facilitated similar events for the past eight years.

The Reeds and Anderson, pastor of Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Richmond Hill, along with state Rep. Al Williams and 34 active volunteers and 60 other individuals, delivered a total of 55 meals and served about 65 more meals in the parking lot of the Midway IGA Foodliner.

Of the delivered meals, two meals went to the Midway police station; 28 went to Woodlands Health Care, a local nursing home; 15 went to the IGA; five went to Dollar General; two to Family Dollar; and three to the Enmarket gas station.

Bojangles and McDonalds on Oglethorpe Highway in Hinesville donated sweet ice tea for the event.  Chef Jeff Childs of New York Eats in downtown Hinesville donated his skills in cooking and preparing the turkeys and ham for the Thanksgiving meal event. 

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