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Salisbury Church Hands Out Hot Thanksgiving Day Meals

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SALISBURY, Md.- While many families around Delmarva got to spend time celebrating Thanksgiving together at home, the St. Paul AME Zion Church in Salisbury made sure people in need had a meal to eat as well.

The turkey, green beans, potatoes and gravy were all the right fixings at the church that opened its doors at 10 a.m. Thursday.

It was a traditional meal that volunteers either packed or just handed out as a hot plate over the holiday. 

It was food Frederick Core said he would not be able to eat if it was not for community members stepping forward. 

"I'm thankful that I am living and thankful that God put food on the table, to the church as well, so that every body can enjoy themselves," Core said. 

The attitude of feeling grateful was contagious. Louivina Irby said she considers herself lucky to count on her local church that makes sure she had a Thanksgiving meal to eat.

"There are a lot of people across the country who don't even know what a piece of meat or chicken tastes like and that makes me sad," Irby said.

Volunteer John Mulford said he did not mind giving up a few hours of his holiday to help feed those most in need. He said that is an act he is setting as an example for his sons.

"To give back you know, more or less to give back to my community," Mulford said, "and I brought my children with me to try and teach them a valuable lesson that there are people who are less fortunate than we are."

Also lending a helping hand was Annette Lee. She said it was a gesture she especially wanted to offer on a day of giving. 

"You have thanks and you have giving," Irby said, "and that is what we are doing today. We are giving thanks for being able to help others who might be less fortunate."     

It's a thought that both Core and Irby said they appreciate as the community comes together to give back on Thanksgiving Day. 

The church said that it fed more than a 100 people who showed up in person.

Another 160 deliveries were made to people in need throughout Salisbury. 
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