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Residents Help Union Mission Give Back to the Community this Thanksgiving
Written by Lindsey Watson
Last updated on November 28, 2013 @ 11:19PM
Created on November 28, 2013 @ 3:04PM

Thanksgiving is a time to spend with your family and friends, but for some it's a time to give back to those in need. That's why several hundred volunteers woke up early and headed down to the Union Mission in Fairmont to give those less fortunate a nice hot meal for Thanksgiving.

"It's amazing that here on Thanksgiving Day the volunteers are grateful for the opportunity to serve. It's not just the people out there that are getting  the meals that are happy, and grateful, it's in fact the volunteers that are grateful for the opportunity," said George Batten,
Director Union Mission in Fairmont.

The goal of the Mission is to provide a warm Thanksgiving meal to those who wouldn't have the opportunity to have one otherwise.

"When you look around, the first time I ever worked here I delivered food, and went into some of these folks' homes and what I saw just broke my heart, so anything you can do to better the folks out there that are not as blessed as I am, you know, I always think it's worthwhile," said John Conaway, a volunteer at the Mission for the last 15 years.

Each year Thanksgiving is a time for us to remember what we are most thankful for, but for the hundreds of volunteers at the Mission it was a time to give back and serve close to 800 families across Marion County Thanksgiving Dinner.

"This was just an opportunity to be out here and serve the public whether they were able to get here or it was taken to them," said local volunteer Tricia Arbogast-Bush

Hundreds of volunteers of all ages spent Thanksgiving morning putting together delivery meals for those in the area, and stuck around later in the day to serve all those who walked in.

"There's nothing much to it," said 11 year old Franklin Bush. "When you can give to other people and not take. Everyone should help."

"I just want to help people and make the world a better place," said 8-year-old Maddie Starling, who was helping box pies with her mom all morning.

No matter who you talked to at the Mission Thursday, it was clear they all had so much to be thankful for.


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