They took almost 100 meals to people in the community like police, firefighters, and those that couldn't leave their home.
The group estimated to feed about 300 people Thursday.
CARUTHERSVILLE, MO (KFVS) -
At the Thanksgiving meal at the Temple Baptist Church in Caruthersville, visitors can have all the food they want.
But as Pemiscot County is one of the poorest counties in the state, that's not always the case.
"There's a lot of people that needs help, their kids ain't hardly got anything to eat around here," Geraldine Riggs.
"This is a community that we've been hit hard with the drought, we've been hit hard with the tornado in the past, and I think this is bringing people together, sharing, and having a thanksgiving to give something to be thankful for," said Normal Cantrell.
"We don't have a whole lot of jobs here, so economically, they need things like this in our community," said Heather Pilcher.
Jim Pilcher said four churches and a funeral home came together to organize Thursday's meal. He said they're working to change the community's point of view, so the community can change itself.
"Poverty is a mindset I really do believe, that if we can change our mindset, we can change our outlook, therefore we want people to see there are positive things, there are good things that go on in this community," said Pilcher.
Pilcher said Thanksgiving can be the perfect time to think of the positives they can be thankful for.
"There are great positive things here, we have a great education system, a great superintendent, we've got great people that are here in our community that are doing great things," said Pilcher.
While some said they needed the meal, others said they just wanted the company.
"Wasn't nobody here, but me at my house," said Riggs.
Riggs recently lost her son. Thursday she said she was thankful for the people who help her get through the holiday without him.
"It means a lot to me," said Riggs.
"There's no need to cook for just one person, so we just hope we can help them out," said Heather Pilcher.
"These people are so appreciative, and they need this today," said Cantrell.
"Looking into the holiday season, people lost loved ones, they're hard times, they sit around the house and don't have anything to eat, or maybe they don't have family around, this is a day they can be energized and think hey there is hope," said Jim Pilcher.
"Everyone is really friendly and getting along really nice and the food is just wonderful," said Jerrelene Burwell. "It's good for people who do not have others to be with for today, and the people that cannot afford a meal for today."
For some, Thursday's meal was a friendly face, to others a hot place, but for Pilcher, he's hoping it's a new start for Caruthersville.
The group estimated to feed about 300 people Thursday. They also took almost 100 meals to people in the community like police, firefighters, and those that couldn't leave their home.
Sunday, May 19 2013 10:35 PM EDT2013-05-20 02:35:37 GMT
Authorities have recovered the body of a 10-year-old boy who apparently drowned after an all-terrain vehicle overturned in a Mississippi creek. The search for the boy's younger brother continued Sunday. ColumbusMore >>
Authorities have recovered the body of a 6-year-old boy who apparently drowned after an all-terrain vehicle overturned in a Mississippi creek. The search for the boy's older brother continued Sunday.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:17 AM EDT2013-05-20 15:17:56 GMT
A body discovered in Clinton Saturday night has led to a homicide investigation. Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham Stewart confirms a body was discovered, although few other details are known. The bodyMore >>
Clinton Police Department's Interim Chief Mike Warren said upon further investigation, it appears a disagreement over a woman may have led to the death of a Jackson man.
Sunday, May 19 2013 10:53 PM EDT2013-05-20 02:53:15 GMT
JPD searched a Jackson Home at 846 Brandon Ave., Saturday that netted four arrests, a variety of drugs and $1,500. "On May 18, 2013, The Jackson Police Department's Vice and Narcotics Unit responded toMore >>
JPD searched a Jackson Home at 846 Brandon Ave., Saturday that netted four arrests, a variety of drugs and $1,500.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.More >>
Savannah Nash celebrated her 16th birthday last week. She died Thursday when her car slammed into a semi while she was texting during her first time driving by herself.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:00 PM EDT2013-05-19 02:00:02 GMT
Observers are predicting a speedy confirmation to the federal bench for Jackson attorney Debra M. Brown. If confirmed, Brown would become the state's first black female district judge. Carl Tobias, aMore >>
Observers are predicting a speedy confirmation to the federal bench for Jackson attorney Debra M. Brown.More >>
With a bullet still in his body, the police officer who survived a showdown with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects says he's determined to return to duty.More >>
In a story May 19 about a Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority officer shot in a showdown with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, The Associated Press incorrectly spelled the officer's last name. He is Officer...More >>
Wednesday, July 11 2012 6:10 AM EDT2012-07-11 10:10:08 GMT
(WMC-TV) – Dozens of police recruits were injured during training exercises last week and the heat could be to blame. The entire current class at the police academy filed paperwork claiming to be injuredMore >>
Dozens of police recruits were injured during training exercises last week and the heat could be to blame.More >>
It's all about the odds, and one lone ticket in Florida has beaten them all by matching each of the numbers drawn for the highest Powerball jackpot in history at an estimated $590.5 million, lottery officials...More >>
Some lucky person walked into a Publix supermarket in suburban Florida over the past few days and bought a ticket now worth an estimated $590.5 million - the highest Powerball jackpot in history.More >>
WLBT 3 - Fox 40
715 South Jefferson Street
Jackson, Mississippi 39201