Created: Sat, 16 Nov 2013 09:52:00 EST
Updated: Mon, 18 Nov 2013 12:09:40 EST
The First Seventh Day Adventist Church in Dublin served an early Thanksgiving feast to families in need on Sunday.
Pastor John Boston's church attracted about 300 people in need to the event, a great expansion over years past when fewer than 100 people were served. In just his seventh month on the job, Pastor Boston was looking to up the ante.
"There are about 60 volunteers," he said, surrounded by people helping others. "But they eat last," he joked.
Volunteers included members of Pastor Boston's church, Girl Scouts, members of Heaven's Haven Baptist Church, and former military.
"Once I got out of the military I was stationed in Warner Robins," said Carlos Austin. "It's very good for the community because you know a lot of the communities get away from what the church is supposed to do."
People young and old joined together in this act of kindness at a time many need it most.
In addition to the meals served, groceries were given to each person in attendance. And though many were members of the church, others came for the food.
Members or not, Pastor Boston says touching lives is what the body of the church aimed to do.
"One lady pulled me aside with tears in her eyes," Pastor Boston said. "She said I came for the food but this has touched my life. She said you don't know what I was about to do to myself but this has touched my life and I thank you for that."