YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – Dozens of people gathered together at LifePath Christian Ministries to enjoy a hot meal, and like any other night, no one will ever walk out of their doors hungry.
One by one, community members lined up for LifePath Christian Ministries annual Thanksgiving meal.
“Food is great. I like the cranberry sauce. That’s why I save that for last,” Ronald Fowble, who attended the shelter, said.
It’s been a tradition for more than 50 years.
“We’re going to be here, to whoever comes, and serve whoever is hungry or in need,” Matthew Carey, the executive director, said.
But the real tradition isn’t the food. It’s about serving the people.
“Today we get to look into children’s eyes that are getting a meal that don’t typically get this type of meal,” Carey said.
“It’s a blessing, and it’s something to be thankful for. I’m sure everybody else feels the same way,” Kennedy Pitts, who attended the shelter, said
So do the volunteers.
Kathie Avery has been serving for 16 years.
“This year is even a special year for me because I lost my mom this summer, and it’s my first year without her. But I have all these people to be with here today, so it’s just exciting,” Avery said.
And that’s what the ministry is all about, being thankful to serve, thankful to help, thankful for just one more day.
“If it wasn’t for this place, I’d be out on my own, sitting on the street somewhere without a meal and without the company of all these people,” Fowble said.
“There is someone out there that cares for them, whatever their situations are, whether they don’t have anything to eat, or whether they don’t have any place to go,” Avery said.
The shelter is always in need of donations. You can help by visiting their website.