Thousands give back to those in need on Thanksgiving

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Thousands of Houstonians spend Thanksgiving giving back, Elissa Rivas reports. (KTRK)

Early on Thanksgiving morning, the parking lot at First Presbyterian Church in the Museum District was filled with volunteers, many of them set to deliver a holiday meal to seniors through Interfaith Ministries.

"The volunteers are critical, we couldn't carry this out without them," said Maria Magee, Chief Development Officer for Interfaith Ministries.

We followed the Sprague family, who were first-time volunteers, as they hit the road to northeast Houston to deliver meals.

As it turns out, they also delivered something more meaningful to Shirley Chambliss. She says Meals on Wheels is a lifeline.

"Make me feel good, make me happy, 'cause I'm from New Orleans, Katrina and it's been a blessing ever since," Chambliss said.

There were more smiles at the next stop, which was Loniesta Gooden's apartment.

"It's a blessing. You know, sometimes you don't have anything, and then people be so kind to bring us meals, out of their time with their family. It's great," said Gooden.

Sara and K.C. Sprague along with their two little boys, will also spend time with their own family this Thanksgiving, but this part of their day, may be the most memorable.

"When they first open the door, just how the eyes light up, and the big smiles on their faces, I think that will probably always stick with me," said K.C.

Sara hopes it leaves an impression with the kids.

"Holidays are maybe a time to give everybody some consideration, and a little bit of the happiness you have in your own life," she said.

At any given time, Meals on Wheels has 100 to 200 seniors on a waiting list for services, so if you'd like to volunteer or donate, please check out the extensive information about Meals on Wheels.
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