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Volunteering at Feed the Need

On Tursday, November 25th, we spent most of the day helping out at the 2nd annual "Feed the Need" event held at the TownHall on West 25th Street to serve those who are in need this Thanksgiving and for us this was a great way to kickoff off the holidays. Last year in 2013 approximately 2000 people were fed. This year 100 people volunteered to feed between 2,000 and 4,000 people which which was the goal of the Mr. Brian Day, volunteer coordinator, and the owner of the TownHall, Mr. Bobby George.

To be sure all of us received a lot of support from Sister Corita Ambro of St. Augustine's Hunger Center and the two chefs, Mr. Eric Roth and Mr. Mark Jacobs.

Ms. Dominique Moceanu, famed 1996 Olympian and a refreshing unpretentious and caring person, spoke for everyone when she said that she always wanted to do something like this and that it was great being there and doing something to help someone other than yourself.

Ever present today were members of the Cleveland Browns and the Cleveland Cavaliers who worked hard serving food and cheerfully greeted fans and signed autographs.

Mayor Frank Jackson stopped by and thanked the Cavs and the Browns for being there because they had the resources to be anywhere today but they chose to be here. Councilman Joe Cimperman presented a proclamation to Mr. George and told all those that were there that "we love you!" which were welcoming words considering how hard we were all working.

We spent a good part of the day using an ice cream scooper to scoop cranberry jelly out of cans into tiny plastic cups. We spent the rest of the day clearing tables. Surprisingly, we did not feel tired at the end of the day because the prevalent mood of the TownHall was so upbeat that we left feeling energized.

Another famous but delightful person that we met was Ms Kris Pickel of Channel 3 News. Ms. Pickel helped out for several hours and we had a good visit with her.

We asked one young man who looked like an athlete if he was a member of either the Cavs or the Browns. He grinned and said that he wasn't but if either of teams wanted him, "I'm right here."

Let us emphasize that today's event was not aimed at the homeless but at those who were struggling and were hungry, not just for food but for a friendly, warm place to go to and be treated well,relax for a while and converse with old and/or new friends. A fellow volunteer said, "this is not for the homeless but for the hungry. You don't have to be homeless to be hungry."

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