More than 500 people gather, eat at Fayetteville event

Fayetteville event feeds 500 on Thanksgiving. (WNCN)

FAYETTEVILE, N.C. (WNCN) – More than 500 people gathered at Wilkins High School on Skibo Road Thursday for a Thanksgiving meal.

The 7th annual event was organized by Kingdom Builders Ministry of Fayetteville. Pastor Angela Walker said, “We come in and we open it up to the community. It’s not just simply for the homeless, it’s for everyone, anyone that wants a meal.”

It was all you can eat and if you wanted food to take home, that was no problem. That included turkey, stuffing, ham, greens and a variety of dessert options.

Aliciana Galloway said, “It was really, really good. I like the rice and gravy and the collard greens and the turkey, it was real good.”

Along with all the great food, came many gently used items all up for grabs, including books, clothes, shoes and other household materials.

Lewon Matthews said “I was just talking this morning – I said, ‘I need some towels,’ and as soon as I walked in they had a stack of towels. I said, ‘Praise the Lord, you sure do provide.”

The gathering wasn’t just about great tasting food and free clothes. It was also a time to fellowship and to give thanks.

I’m thankful for the many blessings God has sent my way, family members, friends,” Devin Williams said.

Matthews said every day is a day of thanksgiving. He’s had several surgeries on his colon over the years and said he’s lucky to be alive.

“Sometimes I ask him, God, am I dreaming? Because I was so sick. I didn’t even know I was in the world, I was so sick,” Matthews said.

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