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Thanksgiving at the MLK Kitchen for the Poor

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They're giving hope to the homeless one meal at a time. Today the Martin Luther King Kitchen for the Poor served up hot meals for Thanksgiving.

Workers at the MLK Kitchen for the Poor say they're feeding more people than they have in the past. The kitchen celebrated Thanksgiving a day early. Mark Houdi goes to St Johns High School. The sophomore says he volunteers every holiday.

"That's at the heart of the St. Johns teaching. We are supposed to give more to the community put back into the community and this is one of the ways we do it," said Mark Houdi.

The MLK Kitchen for the Poor feeds more than 300 people a day. People who are homeless, jobless and mentally ill. It's been a tough year for India McCord a mother of three.  

"There's a lot of things to be grateful for this year not just being able to come here to eat but to be able to come here when you need anything," said India McCord.

She says the kitchen has helped her get back on her feet. Paul Pratt says he wants a job, but can't find one. Today he's thankful for a hot meal.  

"In whole it has done a lot by feeding us. Some people don't have different things at different times in their lives and the savages have been a blessing," said Paul Pratt.

The agency was started in 1969 by Rev. Harvey Savage Sr. after he saw a man eating out of a garbage can. The kitchen was run for years by Rev. Savages daughter Juanita who died last year. Her brother Harvey Savage is now the executive director.

"We're thankful to have the ability to really help. To do something in the Lords name and to give people hope," said the executive director Harvey Savage.

He's worked to expand the services of the non-profit.

"We are partnered with the friendly center and we are feeding out at Jamie Farr park. So we have this and that so the numbers are just growing," said Savage.

Volunteers like judge Myron Duhart helped to serve turkey and ham with all the trimmings. In hopes all who attended have a happier Thanksgiving.
          
The MLK Kitchen for the Poor is need of donations for Christmas. If you'd like to donate a toy stop by or call the kitchen. They are located at 650 Vance Street. The number is 419-241-2596.  
  

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