Grateful Heart Community Outreach Ministries free Thanksgiving dinner set for 1 to 5 p.m.

Published: Friday, November 16, 2012 at 10:04 AM.

"It’s a time when you really give thanks for being able to help other people. You can see how grateful people are. You can see it in so many people’s eyes. It really touches their heart. They are grateful and they are touched for someone reaching out and helping them," Fetzer said. "I think it’s been very beneficial to so many families. It’s amazing how many people are served at this event."

Theresa Howard, of Havelock, has cooked for the last seven years, and her husband Alexander and daughter Kayla help.

"It’s a good cause — to feed other people who don’t have food on Thanksgiving Day," Howard said. "It’s the spirit of giving.

"It’s good to help others. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you, so when you need some help, it will come back to you."

Some prefer to donate financially to allow for purchases of needed food and supplies.

"We all think so much of LaTanya and her charitable efforts," doner Sue Boyer said. " … I think it’s just an effort to make sure everyone has a good meal on Thanksgiving. While everyone may not be able to do what LaTanya does, we can certainly support her with our donations."

Nate Johnson is president of the Havelock-Cherry Point Rotary Club, which has annually donated money to support the cause.

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