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Pembroke church gives gift of hot meals for holidays
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Andrew Johnson, left, hands a plate of Thanksgiving dinner to Eli Haire and Dalton Bettis Thursday as part of the Pembroke United Methodist Churchs Thanksgiving Outreach Program. (Crissie Elrick)

A little wind didn’t dampen the spirits of volunteers at Pembroke United Methodist Church on Thursday morning when hundreds of Thanksgiving dinners were prepared for less fortunate residents in North Bryan.
Volunteers with the church’s Thanksgiving Outreach Program cruised through assembly lines of green beans, corn, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, dressing and turkey to fill more than 200 plates of traditional Thanksgiving meals for people in the community.
“I thank God for the gift of being blessed and to know someone was thinking about us –someone was thinking about the hungry,” Ottis Johnson said as he and his family waited for their meals. “It’s a beautiful spirit and these are good people.”
Church secretary Katie Darling said it felt good to be able to help out.
“It’s an exhilarating feeling for us to be able to give,” church secretary Katie Darling said.
The program, which began nearly 20 years ago, grows every year, according to the Rev. Larry Sauls. Local merchants, churches and civic organizations donate to the program, whether it is canned goods or a cash donation, he said, noting it provides a way to make sure local residents are taken care of.
“We are out of reach of Savannah and other areas that do this on an everyday basis,” Sauls said.
Read more in the Nov. 26 edition of the News.

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