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Volunteer continues providing meals 20 years later



The year was 1989 and Doug McLeod's father had passed away just before Thanksgiving Holiday. Since that year Doug has spent every Thanksgiving and Christmas preparing meals for families across the Chattahoochee Valley.

"It's not about me it's about people and with the economy like it is now you can be up one day and down the next, my mother taught me as a child growing up not to be served but to serve," said Doug McLeod. 

Taking heed to his mother's advice Doug has spent the last 20 years helping prepare meals with what he calls his extended family of volunteers. They work for weeks getting ready for the big Turkey day.

"For me I'm able to give back to the community for what they have done to me and this is exciting because some families can't cook at home and aren't able to but we are able to provide their Thanksgiving dinner for them," RaeAne Johnson said.  

Nearly 500 meals are prepared and delivered to families on Thanksgiving by volunteers. We went along  for one of the drop offs to a Phenix City mother and her children.

"I am thankful to get this meal today, I'm thankful that they have other people to come out and help others who are in need." 

This Thanksgiving nearly 600 families will be put first, with a small meal that will make lasting impression.

"It's little things that mean a lot and I'm just so proud and thankful that I can give a little bit back  to the place that I call home." 

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