Godtel gives Thanksgiving meals to East Texans in need

By Whitney Grunder - bio | email

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE)- Being a single mom isn't easy, especially when you are trying to raise an eleven month old. For Ruthann Mccollister, it's all about making sure her daughter gets fed.

"It's a struggle, especially when you're trying to raise her and you don't know if you'll have enough diapers or enough food for her," said Mccollister.

She couldn't be more thankful for the thanksgiving meal and service that Godtel is providing.

"It means a lot that there's somebody out there that still cares about families that are less fortunate."

Godtel Director Royce Oliver knows what it's like to need help. Thanks to this ministry, he's changed his life. And now he can give back, making connections with complete strangers.

"I can actually sit and talk with someone who has had drug problems and they'll say, you've never lived in my shoes. And I'll say yeah I have," said Oliver.

Residents agree, Godtel is a life saver.

"I drank a lot. I used a lot of drugs. I was just running crazy. I didn't have a life," said resident Ricky Chaneler.

He was once lost, but now he's found.

"I'm thankful for Jesus Christ because he's my Lord Savior. He died on the cross for us."

Volunteers are committed to serving others every day, including the holidays.

"This is such a wonderful group of people here running the place, and the residents here. There's not a greater feeling in the world then to come help other people," said volunteer Rhonda Loomer.

So that people like Ruthann Mccollister can sleep at night knowing there's somewhere to go for food and shelter.

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