St. Stephen Church spends Thanksgiving feeding others

WHAS11's Heather Fountaine joined dozens of volunteers at St. Stephen Church, as they provided Thanksgiving dinners to those in need.

LOUISVILLE (WHAS11) -- Feeding those in need on Thanksgiving Day is a tradition St. Stephen Church has continued for more than 50 years.  

People are able to come by the Family Life Center in West Louisville where dozens of volunteers hand out warm Thanksgiving meals.  

Volunteers also spend time delivering truckloads of dinners for those who can’t make it to the church.

“We're delivering meals to those who can't get out of their apartment today, maybe a transportation issue, or a financial issue, they don't have anybody to eat with,” said Jordan Yuodis, a first-year volunteer.  

WHAS11 News followed Yuodis and others through the California Square Apartments as they knocked on every door and climbed every floor to deliver the turkey dinners.   

“If we weren't here to do this, then who would? Would these people eat today?  Would they have a warm Thanksgiving meal?” Yuodis explained.  

Back at the Family Life Center, there were more mouths to feed.  Volunteers starting as early as 7 a.m. to prepare the food.   

“We pull turkey, we can up cranberry sauce, we warm up food, we set up tables,” said St. Stephen volunteer and organizer, Lisa Smith.  

One woman went out of her way to bring people to St. Stephen Church.  

“I've just been riding around, picking up homeless people,” said Teleah Johnson.  

Johnson told WHAS11 News she spent the morning picking people up from bus stops.  

“I just stop and ask them if they have anywhere to eat Thanksgiving dinner today and those who told me no, I told them to get in the car and I would take them to eat. 

This Thanksgiving was a collaborative effort by many to help people in the community enjoy their holiday.  

St. Stephen Church is looking for volunteers year-round to assist in feeding the homeless, clothes drives and other acts of kindness in the community.  To learn more, CLICK HERE.
 

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