HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Williams Memorial CME Church distributed 8,000 traditional Thanksgiving meals to those in need for the fourth year.
Pastor Robert Williams said the event idea started as a way to help the community around the holidays in an area known as a food desert.
"What we said to ourselves is, 'Look we can do something, just a little bit, and now we're able to feed 8,000,'" Williams said.
Williams said the giveaway is a joint effort and collection six months in the making. Each box is packed to serve a family of four including turkey, green beans, corn, stuffing, yams and cranberry sauce.
Annie Louis Baker visits Williams Memorial from time to time and was happy to receive a box from members of her own community.
"It's always a good thing to see the churches on a mission, doing mission work, because a lot of people are hungry," Baker said.