Ministry groups working to help homeless throughout the holiday season

Ministry groups working to help homeless throughout the holiday season

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - Many groups in Tuscaloosa feeding the needy this Thanksgiving Day and the giving doesn't stop, there are plans to help folks all season long.

Every year the Salvation Army provides dinner to some of the most vulnerable in our community.

"It's very amazing to see the smiles on their faces when we provide them a hot meal on Thanksgiving," said Peggy Cook Volunteer.

But it's not just their bellies volunteers want full; The Center of Hope wants to make sure their hearts are too.

"For the families that have nowhere to go they make this feel like home," said Cook.

And the giving continues this Saturday at the Salvation Army in Tuscaloosa.

Starting at 10 a.m. United for the Homeless will provide a free lunch and sleeping bags to those who have nowhere to go.

"They don't want to be on the streets no more than we would want to be on the streets," said Virgil Williams with United for the Homeless at Harvest Church.

Harvest Church in Coker supports United for the Homeless, but they aren't just in it to help in that moment. They want to get them into a more stable state.

"We're also loving on them, we share the gospel with them. We're trying to help them change their lives," said Williams.

Virgil Williams said they have the same free lunch at 10 a.m. at the Salvation Army in Tuscaloosa the fourth Saturday of every month.

Williams wants to remind the community that they are here and are not going anywhere.

"People ask us all the time why we do it. We're one step away from being right there with them, everyone deserves, the same opportunities," said Williams.

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