Scottsboro church provides community Thanksgiving for past decade

Updated: Nov. 24, 2016 at 6:13 PM CST
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SCOTTSBORO, AL (WAFF) - A Scottsboro church has been feeding families on Thanksgiving Day for more than a decade, and this year was no exception. The event was initially for the needy and the elderly, but it's grown so much that it's now a community-wide event.

It was a busy Thanksgiving at Randall's Chapel United Methodist Church. Thanksgiving has grown from serving 600 people 10 years ago to serving more than 1,000 people on Thursday.

When a Sunday school class at the church realized there wasn't a place for the needy and elderly to go for Thanksgiving, they challenged their church to make it happen. They've been doing it every year since.

It's now a community-wide effort with the Salvation Army, area businesses and volunteers who are willing to take time away from their families to help in the community. Some of them continue year after year.

"Once you've served and once you've been a part of this and you see the love and you see what's given and you see what you have to be thankful for, it's hard not to come back," said volunteer Savannah Morris.

Many people will leave behind a donation. Organizers say that money goes into making it happen again next year.

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