Rogersville Thanksgiving event feeds thousands across the region

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ROGERSVILLE, TN (WJHL) – More than 400 volunteers cooked and served 5,000 pounds of food to thousands across East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia this Thanksgiving.

The People Loving People Thanksgiving Dinner event is part of a fourteen-year tradition of spreading faith and love to people who need it most.

“Their faces light up when they see the food come to their door,” David Myers, a volunteer, said.

Rogersville residents, David Myers and Elizabeth Godsey got to witness their volunteering efforts come to life.

rogersville-2Together they hand delivered 27 of the nearly 3200 Thanksgiving meals crafted by hundreds of volunteers in just twelve hours.

Rogersville resident, Allie Jennings received one of their deliveries.

“Oh I feel fine, it’s nice of them. It’s great, just great, it’s a lot of help,” Jennings said.

People who didn’t request a meal delivery could still stop by the Joseph Rogers Primary School cafeteria.

“People that don’t have anybody to eat with or don’t have a thanksgiving meal we want them to come here and eat with us,” Event Chairman, Dr. Blaine Jones, said.

The cafeteria was a safe haven for a warm meal and good company.

“I would have had nowhere else to go. I’m thankful from the bottom of my heart, thank god too you know, we enjoy the company we’ve had today,” Walter Cecil James said.

Dr. Jones said the event is all about helping one another.

“Just tickled to death, it’s all about loving one another, taking care of one another and serving one another,” Dr. Jones said.

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