GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Normally you would expect the humming of hymns and the singing of a choir at church on a Sunday, but the halls of Lawndale Baptist Church in Greensboro were filled with the sounds of scotch tape, muffling cardboard, and clanking cans of food.
It’s all part of the Church’s “Feeding the 5,000” event on Tuesday. This is the eighth year they’ve put on the event.
"There are people in our community in need and this is our opportunity to provide for them,” said church member Kent Harrison. "And especially in a time like this is holiday and family coming in.”
Harrison says it’s more about empowering those struggling in the community to be able to provide a Thanksgiving meal for their family. Boxes stuffed with stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, sweet potatoes, canned cranberries and more stack up in the church’s gym. One thousand boxes piled across the wall, each box feeding five people.
"There's a lot of people who are hungry and they need a good meal, so our church is happy to help,” said Sam Huffman, a young churchgoer.
And Harrison says even the kids lend a hand to get in the giving spirit.
"We have kids saving their allowance money to buy a can of green beans, it's really neat,” he said.
On Tuesday, November 22nd, folks can line up at the Lawndale Baptist Church, off of Lawndale Drive in Greensboro, and get a box. It’s first come, first serve. Harrison says in years past some people have even lined up starting Monday night.