Greenville center serves up Thanksgiving feast to community

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - The Eastern Carolina community made sure to honor what the Thanksgiving holiday is all about, which is the act of giving and sharing a holiday meal with family and friends.

Hundreds of community members in Greenville were able to do that with the help of the Little Willie Center.

The Greenville nonprofit organization provides after-school programs and role models for children and families.

Volunteers worked to serve meals for anyone who came in.

Organizers say they will feed more than 1,000 people with help from sponsors and volunteers.

It's the 29th year the Little Willie Center has been providing Thanksgiving dinner for the families of West Greenville.

This year they served BBQ chicken, vegetables, stuffing and the works.

The Little Willie Center staff consider the residents of West Greenville their family and were excited to give back to their community.

"It's important to do this, especially during this time," explains Tarrick Cox, with the Little Willie Center. "A lot of families live alone and don't have family here, so they get to come and they get to hang out with other families. Also, we're meeting the needs of the community. With the economy the way that it is and a lot of folks can't have cooked meals, this allows them to at least have a cooked meal for today."

Organizers say they are always looking for volunteers and if you would like to help, just stop by their office on West 5th Street in Greenville, or find them online.