Christian Service provides Thanksgiving meal

Christian Services prepares Thanksgiving meals
Christian Services prepares Thanksgiving meals

This special meal of dressing, green beans, rolls and of course turkey was served by 300 Christian Services volunteers every Thanksgiving. Hundreds of people came out for this warm meal according to Cookie Prout.

"We normally server somewhere around 18-hundred. I expect that it will be close to that today. We are prepared for 2000 cause we don't want anybody to go away hungry," said Prout.

Prout says people from all different backgrounds attend this dinner.

"Some of them may have been generationally in their position. Some of them have suddenly been hurled into their position because of the economy," said Prout.

Despite Tuesday's success, Prout says tough economic times have caused the center to get creative with its services.

"In November we did the first creative give away and gave away 100 boxes of food to the first 100 who came," said Prout.

Tuesday's Thanksgiving meal was given out in a creative way. The Christian Service Compassion Van made its way through the city. Hattiesburg Police Department's Net team has been involved with the Compassion Van for 17 years.

"It's good to show a different aspect of law enforcement to our that we care and that we are indeed mindful of the struggles that they go through, especially now a days. So, we want to let them know that we are not just here for law enforcement related issues, we are here for their over all well being," said Lt. Terrence Bullock.

Prout says the center serves more than 150-thousand people in a year, but it's the Thanksgiving meal that stands up.

"It's a special meal that is served to special people," said Prout.

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