'It Makes You Feel Like Somebody Really Cares'

Volunteers looked for ways to give back on Thanksgiving.

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Hundreds of people spent their holiday serving those who need a little help putting Thanksgiving dinner on the table.

St. Peter's and First Baptist Church had their annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Dinner at the Carolina Coliseum.

It was decked out with turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and more.

“People always looking to help in the community and they just look for things to do on holidays to help people that aren't as fortunate as they are.” Volunteer Hal Lominick said.

Volunteers not only served folks at the Coliseum, hundreds of meals were also delivered to retirement homes and homeless shelters.

“Today they might be down and out and today would be a day of encouragement," Volunteer Dick Hillman explained.

Hillman has been volunteering for a while on Thanksgiving. He delivered dozens of meals to Providence Home, a shelter for homeless veterans.

"It makes you feel like somebody really cares about you and that you do have people in your life that care," John Ridgeway, a veteran and resident at Providence Home said,

“It's a blessing it let you know that you got people who care for you," Jimmy Porcher, another veteran and resident at Providence Home said.

Both men say it feels good to be shown so much love on Thanksgiving.

“I want them to know that I'm grateful. I'm thankful and I'm blessed because they come and bring it and it's a blessing," Porcher said. Kistie Miller and Donna Moore with Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church served food inside of Providence Home for the holiday.

“We want to let these men know much God loves them and this is just a good way that we can show them,” Miller said. 

“It means so much to be able to do something so small for these men and just to let them know that they're loved,” Moore said. 

Almost 1000 people were fed at the Carolina Coliseum and about 1000 more meals were brought to homeless shelters and assisted living facilities.

“I hope they feel blessed,” Hillman said getting choked up. “Cause people care."

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