Interfaith Dinner Brings out Expressions of Gratitude

The Carolina Coliseum was packed this morning... not with a sporting event... but with the Interfaith Thanksgiving. Hundreds of people were welcomed in and fed a traditional thanksgiving meal.

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - When you think "Thanksgiving" and you ask people what they're thankful for, you'll usually get answers like, "my family," "my friends," or "my life." 

Those are great answers, but we really wanted to dig deep and ask people about something good going on in their lives that they were truly thankful for. 

We asked a few people at the Interfaith Dinner at the Columbia Coliseum, and some of their answers were pretty amazing.

"We were out on the street for eight months," said Stephanie Stanley. "We were like everybody here, like, 'Oh, we're not going to make it,' or 'Nobody wants us around because we are homeless,' but as of Friday, we're moving to our own apartment. So God really brought us a long way."

"A couple of days ago I was really sick, I couldn't get out of the bed," said Charles Sayles. "So I thank God for that, being able to get out of the bed."

"I'm thankful that my nephew and his wife are having their first baby in February, a little girl," said Jeanine Roja.

"My prosthetic left leg and I still don't let my disability stop me, I make it an ability," said Willie Hampton. "As long as you know God, nothing can stop you. Happy thanksgiving South Carolina and happy holidays."

First Baptist Church and St. Peter's Catholic Church hosted the event. This was its 32nd year.

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