ROCKFORD (WREX) — A Thanksgiving meal giveaway was hosted by Court Street United Methodist church in Rockford.
The goal, to give those without hope a light to shine.
"We're helping the community, and neighbors," said Sue Cram, chairman of Thanksgiving committee. "They're getting a warm meal."
As people lined up to receive meals, dozens of volunteers were hard at work, preparing over 800 meals for those in need.
"I think that many people go home and spend time with their families, but they're thankful that they can come down and help people," said Cram. "Let them know that someone cares about them for the moment."
Simple acts of kindness and compassion drove volunteers like Heidi Arbisi-Kelm to spend the day helping others. She hopes the meals can bring a smile to those that need it most.
"Hopefully folks feel the love that has been cooked into the food and they know that they aren't forgotten and that this will help brighten their day a little bit," said Arbisi-Kelm.
Food and love that Rockford native Rayford Newble appreciates.
"It brightens the day for a day or two until your reality sets back in," said Newble. "But at least it provides some type of hope basically."
On a day to be thankful, Newble is thankful for...
"Having a safe place to come and feel safe," said Newble.
A joyous day to be a blessing for someone else.
The giveaway brought many people together without families. Last year, the church gave away 750 meals in comparison to 800 this year.