Locals hand out 200 Thanksgiving meals to those in need

WINTERVILLE, NC (WNCT)- One family in Pitt County is determined to help hundreds during the holidays, and they have teamed up with their church to make it happen.

Five years ago Shane Guthrie, a Pitt County Sheriff’s deputy, and his wife came up with the idea to help feed community members for Thanksgiving. On Monday, with help from their church and co-workers, 200 families went home with a bag full of food. The bag included Thanksgiving staples like turkey, potatoes, and vegetables.

Guthrie said, “We sometimes wonder where we are going to get all this money from, all these extra families keep coming in, and we keep getting more and more every year but God provides every year.”

Guthrie and dozens of others unload, package, and distribute the food. The free meals help people like Charles Hardee, who is on a limited income.

“There’s so many people out there living on social security and it makes it kind of tough cause every time you go to the grocery store something’s going up,” Hardee said.

Or Stuart Roach who is living paycheck to paycheck.

“I don’t get paid until after thanksgiving, I just wanted this to help me through Thanksgiving,” Roach said.

Other people picked up food for those who couldn’t. The Guthries and their church hope to continue this Thanksgiving tradition for years to come.

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