Nonprofits, churches helping feed homeless over Easter weekend

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Nonprofit groups and local churches are helping feed those in need over the holiday weekend at the Bethesda Center Homeless Shelter.

Drea Parker is part of one of one those groups and is preparing a pot of green beans to serve between 50 and 80 people.

She is a coordinator for Compassionate Winston-Salem, a nonprofit group which is hosting a potluck holiday dinner on Good Friday.

“I want to make sure people have meals,” Parker said. “Who wants to go sleep on an empty stomach?”

She’s cooking for dozens of people she’s never met but considers family.

“There’s that connection,” Parker said. “We’re in this together. We are one big family because we all are human.”

It’s the kind of generosity the shelter’s Executive Director Peggy Galloway says doesn’t just feed their clients bodies but their spirits.

“You’re looking at your situation, you have so many barriers you need to overcome,” Galloway said. “I think it brings relief.”

Galloway says over the Easter weekend, they’re getting an outpouring of food. It’s a big help to the shelter which doesn’t have a kitchen.

Over the next three days, along with Compassionate Winston-Salem, three different churches have volunteered to cook dinners and Easter breakfast for those who may not have otherwise may not have gotten a meal.

“Without churches coming in, organizations coming in and volunteering to feed up to 80 or 90 people a night, it would not be possible,” Galloway said.

It’s the kind of giving back people like Parker say boils down to one simple rule.

“Do unto others as you would have done unto yourself,” Parker said.

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