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Hilliard Lyons Florence firm come together as a team for Thanksgiving

Florence financial firm feeds homeless to say thanks

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - One Florence business is thanking its clients in a brand new way. Hilliard Lyons financial firm thought of a new approach this year to help those in need around the area. They served more than 250 homeless people at First Baptist Church in Florence Wednesday for an early Thanksgiving meal.

Instead of thanking its clients with a gift or donating money to a charity like usual, the business chose to put on a Day of Thanks event. Marketing Director, Michelle Anderlik said this is their way of paying it forward. “This year we just decided roll up our sleeves, let our clients know they can come out and help as well, but that we were going to do something for the community in a big way, so this is our way of giving back and saying we invest in Florence and that we’re here to make it a better community for everyone," said Anderlik.

Asia Gamble came to the church to receive the meal and said, “I’m very thankful, I’m thankful that people take the time out to care for others and serve a meal for everybody. It’s nice of them and I want to thank them for that.”

The firm asked restaurants in Downtown Florence to get involved too. 1031, Wholly Smokin', Dolce Vita, and Victors stepped up to cook and prepare all of the food. Meggie Baker was one of the volunteers and said serving the homeless was something everyone wanted to get involved in. 

Baker said, “There’s no need to thank us, we want to show you that there are people in this community that care about your well-being. A few have popped their heads in the kitchen to say bless you guys for doing this, it brings a little tear to our eye we’ve gotten a little emotional. It’s been a really great experience for the volunteers and the individuals who have come through.”

Maurice Moody enjoyed a hot meal and said, “Just to meet new people and to be around and to get a good meal and to get out of the coldness for a while. I just thank God that we are still here to see this day, but we can’t control what tomorrow is going to bring, so we're just trying to enjoy the moment while we can.”

They prepared enough food for 500 people, so all of the leftover food was also donated to homeless shelters in the area. Hilliard Lyons says this will be an annual event for them from now on.

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