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Thanksgiving around the Valley

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Across the Chattahooche Valley, hundreds of volunteers spent part of their Thanksgiving holiday to give back to those in need. News Three's Naomi Keitt spent time at several Thanksgiving events Thursday and show us how the Valley is celebrating.

The lines at the River Center were lengthy Thursday morning, filled with volunteers ready and willing to serve the community.

"People that can't pay you back. You know they don't know who I am and I come and I helped and I'm able to give back to the community and they don't know who I am," said Kim Phillips, a volunteer at Thanksgiving Initiative.

For Kim and the several hundred volunteers, they were not looking for recognition only to give back, especially this group taking meals to Muscogee County Veterans.

"They have fought for our country to make our country free, so why wouldn't we do this for our Veterans," said Marguerita High, a volunteer at Thanksgiving Initiative.

Down the street, Valley Rescue Mission put up the white tent, set the tables, and invited people from all over the community to celebrate Thanksgiving with them for the 49th year.

"We're kind of going back to that original Thanksgiving day where folks from two very different cultures sat down together, enjoyed a meal, and thanked God together and that's what we're doing here," said Donna Pearce, director of development at Valley Rescue Mission.

For 27 year old Mark Brown who recently lost his job and couldn't afford to spend Thanksgiving in Atlanta with his family, he's grateful to spend time with other members of the community.

"I was less fortunate, didn't have any food for Thanksgiving and this is a good blessing to me," said Mark Brown.

But a traditional dinner wasn't the only activity this Thanksgiving. Some families spent part of the holiday shopping. Picking up early Christmas gifts or last minute Thanksgiving items.

"We basically came to get some cake mix because my brother messed up the cake and we came to get some shoes because there are pretty shoes here," said Destiny Stanford.

"And are you maybe doing a little bit of early Christmas shopping," asked reporter Naomi Keitt?

"Umm, maybe, we have to wait on the grades," said Lakeira Nelson.

So whether they were shopping, eating, or preparing meals for the less fortunate, people around the valley had a lot to be thankful for this year.

"I'm thankful for my 2 kids, and my 2 grand babies. I have 2, you wouldn't believe that but I got 2," said Patricia Brundage.

"I'm thankful to be alive. I'm thankful that I'm here to be able to do the things that we're doing. I'm thankful for my husband and my kids," said Monique Huggins.

The Thanksgiving Initiative and Valley Rescue Mission served more than 2,000 meals this Thanksgiving.

Naomi Keitt

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