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Volunteers feed those in need this Thanksgiving

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The Community Kitchen in Myrtle Beach opened its doors for breakfast and dinner Thursday, serving hot meals and drinks to the homeless and anyone unable to be with family.

Peter Casamento, Director with Community Kitchen, says he wants everyone that comes in to feel welcome, and he and his volunteers try to make them all feel at home. Several people volunteered to help out, taking time away from their families to give back in the spirit of Thanksgiving.

Casamento says hard times can happen to anyone, and some people are just down on their luck and need a helping hand.

“Often times, I’ll have a situation where I’ll talk to them and they’ll be like ‘well it was either buy the medication for my child and come here and eat, or put food on my table. And I chose the latter because I know you guys have great meals for us to partake in.’” said Casamento. The House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach also served a free Thanksgiving buffet for those in need.

Dawn Temples with the House of Blues says she helped organize the event to reach out and give back to the community.

“We’ve invited folks from local shelters, churches, schools. We kind of just reach out to the community and say if you have friends or know some folks in need please send them our way. We put flyers out at some of the soup kitchens, some of the places like that where folks might be stopping by trying to get some help. We want to let them know, just come down and join us, you don’t have to worry about cooking and cleaning and all that stuff,” said Temples.

House of Blues will also be providing a buffet to those who wish to pay for it, and a portion of every buffet purchased will be donated to Sea Haven Youth Home.

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