Churches feed those in need on Thanksgiving

LAWRENCEVILLE - "I'm just living on a day-by-day basis," David said between bites of turkey and mashed potatoes Thursday.

The Lawrenceville man, who asked that his last name not be printed, has been unemployed for a month and a half and said he often enjoys meals offered for those in need at Trinity Life Church of Lawrenceville through its Lazarus Project. David worked for a steel company finishing handrails for homes before the housing market began to decline.

"It's kind of rough out there, the way things are," David said between bites of his pie.

Trinity Life Church worked with Dacula First United Methodist Church to offer the community Thanksgiving meal David, his friend James and others enjoyed Thursday, where volunteers, food and fellowship were aplenty.

"We have a passion for the hungry and the homeless in our community," said David Brunson, pastor of Trinity Life. "This is the body of Christ coming together to serve food."

Volunteers from the Korean Church of Atlanta in Duluth also staffed the serving line at the gathering.

"Every year we did Hosea Feed the Hungry," said Paul Kim, pastor of the church, "but we wanted to focus on where we are as a church in Gwinnett."

This is the first year Dacula FUMC has offered a Thanksgiving meal, and the church plans to do so again next year.

"It was just a great day, and we hope we can build on it and go forward," Jim Meeker said.

While David was grateful for the meal he enjoyed Thursday - he said it was delicious - his face fell when he talked about his situation and that of others, like his friend James, who is homeless.

"It ain't going to be long 'til I'm in the same boat (as James)," said David, who rents an apartment and has been working with his landlord to stay there. "If things don't happen between now and March where I can get me a job, I'll have to go out of state.

"I just hope for the best for everybody," David continued, "not just myself, but for everybody in my situation."

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