Local church distributes 8,000 Thanksgiving meals

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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.