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The joy of handing out Thanksgiving meals

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MADISON COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Wednesday was picture perfect for the delivery of home cooked turkey dinners. These difficult times have more and more people grateful to have a delicious home cooked meal.

In Canton, volunteers put smiles on the faces of many at two public housing complexes.

Members of the Rho Xi Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, cooked up delicious meals. Jamaal Holloway is chapter president.

 "We just take this opportunity to feed the citizens who are having hard times around the holiday season and it warms our heart to be able to help out in the community," said Holloway.

Fraternity members were on hand serving turkey and dressing with sweet potato pie. And other volunteers took part in delivering hot meals to seniors in their apartments. Doris Foscett lent a helping hand.

"I'm doing something for the seniors, especially the ones that can't prepare their Thanksgiving dinners," said Foscett. "To let them know that someone cares about them and they can have a holiday as well. Its' just the day before thanksgiving, but they still appreciate it very much."

Shirley Simmons who lives in the Joe Pritchard public housing complex was grateful.

"I'm taking home a full dinner which is wonderful and being a senior, at least I don't have to cook today or tomorrow," said Simmons. "Our gratitude is just grateful to the organization that is providing the food for today."

In Richland, cars lined up at the South Rankin Food Resource Center, a non-profit that has been lending a helping hand to thousands since Katrina hit in 2005.

Mayoung McClendon told us, "Anybody that is hungry, they come here," said Mayoung McClendon. You wouldn't believe, it's hard to put into words the people that come here that you would never think would walk through these doors. The economy has just hurt everybody."

Boxes of food were loaded into the vehicles of families that had applied for assistance. Others waited in line to select their special grocery need from the food shelves inside.

"We are feeding literally hundreds here today" added McClendon. "Day before Thanksgiving what a blessing, and everyone seems so grateful. They are grateful in fact a lot of people that come through here probably would not have had Thanksgiving if we had not given them something."

And the tradition of giving continues Thanksgiving day. Many other non-profit organizations will open their doors as well, serving up wonderful hot meals.

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