Birmingham Baptist Association holds annual Food For Friends eve

Birmingham Baptist Association holds annual Food For Friends event

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Several hundred gathered for a hot meal and to get needed winter gear. Source: WBRC video Several hundred gathered for a hot meal and to get needed winter gear. Source: WBRC video
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

For over 20years, the Birmingham Baptist Association has spent Thanksgiving morning serving the needy within the area.

The 135 churches within the organization team together and post-up under a nearby interstate making over 1000 sausage biscuits, 700 pastries, 400 servings of orange juice and 1000 servings of both coffee and hot chocolate.

"We see this as an opportunity to minister to people who are less fortunate," said Birmingham Baptist Association Executive Director, Mike McLemore. "Nevertheless, the ground at the cross is level. All of us are people in need of some kind."

Not only is a warm meal provided today but also socks, hats, jackets and 60-influenza vaccines.

"We provide help for these people that are on the streets with clothing, hygiene, medical attention, food and then we give them also hope when we share with them the good news of Jesus Christ," McLemore said. "No one can be a part of this without a change in your heart."

Darriond Striblind has attending the Thanksgiving breakfast for 3 years and said he's very appreciative of the volunteers who spend their holiday helping out.

"I can feel the humility," Striblind said. "I just feel loved. I've been through a lot in my life. I just thank the good Lord to be here this morning."

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