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Thanksgiving give-a-way helps those in need

TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

One East Texas church is coming together to make sure families don't have to go without this holiday season.

It's the time of year for family and friends to come together to be reminded what they are thankful for and enjoy a big meal. But for many in East Texas it's a hardship to try and provide that big meal for their family.

First Baptist Church of Tyler and the Tyler Family Assistance Center have joined together to giveaway bags full of food and a ham just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.

To receive the bags people began lining up outside of the center at 1 a.m. and continued till 2 p.m. all to ensure their Thanksgiving is a full one.

This is the first time in the ten years the center has donated the bags that Dave Woodard has come to get one, and he say he's touched by what the church and center is doing.

"They are really doing their part as God's people helping out the people. I just thank God for them and I'm pretty sure everyone else out here does too," Woodward said.

"Many of us have fallen on hard times and just have no way to have a Thanksgiving for our families. This is just such a generous thing they are doing for us."

Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Tyler, South Campus, Pike Wisner said although the center is always open and donating food, clothing and toiletries for those in need, today is a unique day.

"Today is something that is unique each year because of the Thanksgiving holiday. But we at the Tyler Family Assistance Center are constantly helping with food, toiletries and other resources year round, but today is kind of the Thanksgiving giveaway if you will," Wisner said.

Church members donated the bags of food and one member donated 700 hams to the more than 500 people that attended today.

"Our hope is to, not only help families at a time when they are most reminded of what they are lacking, but also to encourage a bless them and help them through a difficult time," Wisner said.

Pastor Wisner says the real blessing is seeing so many grateful people, despite their situation.

"I've talked to so many people out here today who when I ask how are you doing and they just say they are blessed, they are so blessed, and thank you. That's unbelievable to hear," Wisner said.

If you'd like more information about the Tyler Assistance Center and how you can help with donations, click here.

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