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Christian Services holds Thanksgiving dinner

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - 

Christian Services, Inc. in Hattiesburg served thanksgiving dinners packed with plenty of turkey, dressing, green beans, rolls, and dessert Tuesday.

 Over a thousand people dropped by the dining room Tuesday for a warm meal, many of whom would not have had one otherwise.

 "They come maybe out from under a tree; they may be living in an abandoned house; they may just not have enough in their household to eat; they may just be lonely," said Cookie Prout, with Christian Services.

 Whatever the reason they were welcomed with warm hearts.  Cookie Prout said the thanksgiving meal is a good way to share a spirit of love.

 "A simple meal can say you're important," said Prout. "Somebody cared enough to prepare it for you to serve it up for you and to give it to you."

 Hundreds of volunteers from schools, churches, and other organizations took time to lend a helping hand. 

 Lesha Lott and 16 of her students from Greene County Vocational School were part of the special meal.

 "It's amazing to watch how it affects the kids because these kids have so much and they see people come through and it really makes them feel good about not what they did, but that they were able to see somebody receive a blessing," said Lott.

 "It's a feeling that you really can't explain," said Roger Smith with the Vietnam Vet/Legacy Vet Motorcycle Club. "It really touches your heart when you're able to help someone, especially children. That's what it's all about; that's what this world is about."

 Prout said the importance is not about the giving of the meal, she said it is about the things it does for those receiving.

 "I see them change, many times from sadness to happiness because our goal is to bring joy into their lives," said Prout.

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