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Angels In Our Midst

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Angels in our Midst (Remembering the Angels of this Thanksgiving)

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 01:43 PM CDT
ESCAMBIA COUNTY  -  Hundreds of children across our area go to bed hungry on any given night.
Thousands of families live below the poverty level.
There are many homebound and others, far away from home.
These are the ones remembered this Thanksgiving by the Angels in our Midst.

The shelves at Manna Food Pantries were bare but you filled the Mayflower truck with more than 100,000 pounds of food.  Many families could now put a meal on the table.

Regina Neal,  Preparing Meals for Delivery;  "Yeah, it is pretty hectic because I have to keep up.  I have to keep up with my maties here."
Volunteers were busy bright and early Thanksgiving morning at the Waterfront Rescue Mission.  Tables were set to feed 500 homeless and lost.

Pam Whitmer, Helping Feed the Hungry;  "My family's all in Ohio, my son's in Quantico.  And I just thought, rather than just sit around and eat somewhere, I wanted to do something to help."

Drivers took their routes to deliver more than two thousand meals to the elderly and homebound.  Parents with children in tow for a lesson.

Bonnie Marks, Teaching Children to be Thankful; "My children have had a fortunate life and I like this as an opportunity to have them give but to show them that not everybody has what they have."

Everyone came with a giving heart; seeking nothing in return.
Regina Neal, Giving time to others;  "No, this is with love.  This is with love.  Me and my friends, we're from West Florida Dietetic Association, so we chose to do this this year to help out."

Scores of volunteers answered the USO's call for food and volunteers to feed our young military men and women.

Laura Whatley, USO Volunteer;  "This is their first time away from home and first time on an airplane or out of the state that they ever grew up in, you know, and it's hard for them."

Tyrel Carter, Missing Home;  "Favorite part of Thanksgiving meal is stuffing, every year, it's stuff."

Tyrel would find plenty of stuffing and other fixings for a taste of home.   Donated, prepared and served up by willing hands. 

Michelle Carney, Serving our military;  "My grandfather served for 32 years in the military and so I know it's heartwarming for him to know that we're out here."

Ashley Trumshaw, Giving back for Thanksgiving;  "Giving of themselves to defend us.  So, it's the least I can do to come out here and help them."

Not a sacrifice, not for these guys.
At the end of the day, those who gave and those who received, had much to be thankful for.

Robert Carpenter, Chaplain, Waterfront Rescue Mission;  "Wow, it's just been such a blessing to see Pensacola come together ...  Just really coming together and blessing those who are less fortunate than us."

Regina;  "Please enjoy it and God bless."
Angels in our Midst is brought to you by Sacred Heart Children's Hospital.

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