"This Was Really A Blessing"

6:52 PM, Dec 22, 2012   |    comments
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Bishopville, SC (WLTX) - With three days until Christmas, many people spent Saturday shopping. One group in Lee County devoted their day giving to others in need.

"I don't feel too good when I see someone is in need and I don't make an effort to try to help them," said Rev. Eddie Thomas Jr., who organized his group's annual Christmas Giveaway.

18 years ago, Thomas started Good Samaritans, an organization designed to help those in need.

"We have come together to help people in need, no matter where they come from," said Thomas.

More than 600 families came out to their 18th annual Christmas Giveaway; this was Penny Gale's first time.

"I have five kids and my husband hasn't been able to find a job and I am disabled so this was really a blessing to find this place and come here at this time," said Gale.

Parents walked away with bikes, toys and food - something Gale didn't think she would be able to provide for her family this Christmas.

"It's probably going to make me cry when my kids see what they get. I was not anticipating getting a bike for my child, I am not going to say who its for, but I think it is great that all the charities and churches come together so my kids will wake up with a smile on their face come Christmas morning," said Gale.

"We are just being a servant, that is what we are called to do, to be servants," said Rodney Cook Jr., who was a volunteer.

Cook has volunteered with Good Samaritans for 12 years. He says it makes him feel good to be a part of helping others.

"I remember being a child and having a western flyer bike under the tree, so I know the joy that the kids have when they wake up on Christmas morning and see that gift that they may not have gotten and just to know that we can play a part in making that child happy gives us great joy in doing what we do," said Cook.

"It just makes me feel good, better than drinking any type of soft drink. It just goes through me to look out here and see all these people coming and putting a smile on their face, to make them happy and to have something under their tree," said Thomas.


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