JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Two blocks of Ashley Street were closed off Sunday afternoon downtown as the Clara White Mission held it's Feed the City Pre-Thanksgiving dinner.
More than 1,000 homeless and low income residents of Jacksonville got a Thanksgiving meal -- turkey and dressing, and all the trimmings.
Mayor Alvin Brown and First Coast News' Chris Porter were among those helping to serve.
In addition to the Thanksgiving meal, those attending got clothes, a free haircut from volunteer barbers and bicycle repairs. It was much appreciated by those attending. Lansear Waters came with her husband, daughter, 2 grandchildren and her neighbor's children.
"I think it is real nice. Like I said I got my grandbaby some clothes, she really needed them, and I thank God. It is a blessing."
Tiano North was thankful for the help for him and his family.
I think I am really proud of what people do for people in Jacksonville," said North. "People don't understand that the people of Jacksonville do look out for people. I love everybody that does it for me "
Stephanie Kellum was one of 100 volunteers from Celebration Church helping out. There were 250 volunteers in all.
Kellum says it's wonderful to give a helping hand.
"It is eye opening, it is heart opening, it is an amazing experience. It makes my heart melt , they are so grateful, and they love us, and hug us and bless us, they are truly amazing people, they really are."
This is also the kickoff to the Mission's food drive to help the needy during the holidays. They want the community's help with non perishable food or donations. This is something they do every day of the year, fulfilling the wishes of their founders , Eartha and Clara White , who found the mission 109 years ago.
"Do all the good you can, and all the ways you can, for all the people you can, while you can," said CEO Ja'Coby Pittman. "And today is a testament to what our volunteers are giving back to the community."
First Coast News