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Project Outreach feeds 150 families for Thanksgiving

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Thanks to 150 volunteers, families will enjoy a Thanksgiving meal. Thanks to 150 volunteers, families will enjoy a Thanksgiving meal.
Many people in the county live without everyday resources like transportation, food and job opportunities. Many people in the county live without everyday resources like transportation, food and job opportunities.

(WMC-TV) - Many Mid-Southerners will enjoy great food and family over he next couple of days, but there are some who will not because of financial reasons.

But thanks to a group of volunteers, 150 families will enjoy a Thanksgiving meal.

Nestled of deep Yager Road in rural Fayette County is where people from all walks of life and backgrounds come together for one cause.

"It's our duty, but it's also our pleasure," said Shona Moore with Project Outreach.

Moore and Janet Anderson are two of the project's fearless leaders.

"We all just have a big family full of friends here. That's the greatest part of it," said Moore.

The ministry started more than 30 years ago when then Sister Elaine Wicks discovered that Fayette County was one of the poorest counties in the nation.

Many people in the county live without everyday resources like transportation, food and job opportunities.

"If you do not have a car that runs every day and can drive from here to Memphis for a job and be there every morning at the same time. It's hard to hold on to it," said Moore.

Even harder when you are like John Franklin and fall on hard times and bad health.

He, like so many others, volunteered his time giving back to his community, but Tuesday he is one the receiving end.

Picking up all the fixings for a Thanksgiving feast that he could not otherwise afford.

He and more than 150 families, some living without electricity, received potatoes, greens, fixings and a turkey to prepare for the holiday.

"A lot of people that do not receive food stamps and stuff like that. This program is here to help them all year long," said volunteer Charles Saine.

Many say the project has been a blessing in the community, which reminds everyone to be thankful.

"It could be any one of us next year that doesn't have the money for a turkey," said Moore.

The work is not over, Project Outreach is already working on their Christmas event set for later next month. If you would like to help out or you want more information about what they are already doing then contact Shona Moore at highc1333@aol.com.

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