(KMOV.com) -- For so many in St. Louis, a hot Thanksgiving dinner is out of reach. Because so many need help on the holiday, hundreds of volunteers all over the city stepped up to help.
Volunteers say it’s about much more than just feeding the hungry.
“All over the St. Louis area, hundreds of people have left their homes this Thanksgiving, some to help out and get a hot meal to those who need it, but so many others just to give that sense of fellowship that is so important during the holiday season,” said Pastor David Woodard of the Affton Christian Church. “Some are extended family, some are single seniors that just don’t have a place to be; some are down on their luck financially and come here to receive a meal.”
After another rocky economic year, there are plenty of residents in the latter category. Affton Christian Church is one of many providing hundreds of free meals for the fourth year in row.
“I think last year we maybe took 15 meals and this year it’s about 60, so there’s a great need,” said Pastor Woodard
In St. Louis, Reverend Larry rice hosted a Thanksgiving feast, complete with food and a friendly face.
“We give meals 365 days a year but often we don’t have this number of volunteers that can actually come and sit down with them and show them the love,” said Reverend Rice.
Many say it’s that love that makes Thanksgiving special; the turkey and all its trimmings fill their bellies, but a kind word and caring smile is a feast for the heart.
“We are trying to cut out the loneliness, feed them a hot meal, give them care kits and share with them that they are loved, they are important,” Reverend Rice added.