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South Longview community comes together for Thanksgiving dinner

Vernon Stumblingbear normally spends Thanksgiving alone, however on Thursday he spent it surrounded by neighborhood as Longview Metropolis Councilman Wray Wade held his annual vacation dinner.

“I used to be shocked after I came upon that one thing like this was being placed on,” Stumblingbear stated. “Normally on Thanksgiving I’m simply on my own. That is the primary time I’ve been completely satisfied on Thanksgiving in a few years.”

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Stumblingbear was amongst roughly 150 to 200 individuals who loved dinner Thursday at Inexperienced Road Recreation Heart throughout Wade’s fourth annual Group Thanksgiving Dinner. Wade, who serves as councilman in District 3 in South Longview, began the dinner in 2019 to serve neighborhood members who did not have a spot to go for the vacation.

“We admire individuals doing issues main as much as the vacation, however we needed to do it on precise Thanksgiving day as a result of it’s good to be round others in the neighborhood on the precise vacation,” stated Lateefah Pruitt, who volunteers with Wade and helps set up the annual feast. “I need individuals to know that we care, that we’re a neighborhood and that Longview is one and that somebody is at all times occupied with you.”

Sean LeBlanc stated he and his spouse wouldn’t have had a vacation meal Thursday if it hadn’t been for the neighborhood dinner, which featured meals ready by Bel’s Diner.

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“My spouse and I keep out on the Specific Inn out by the interstate and we didn’t have any meals,” he stated. “I came upon about this dinner so I believed I might come out right here, have one thing to eat and take one thing again to my spouse. It’s a real blessing that this was put collectively.”

Jan Johnson, who volunteered on the Group Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, stated it’s as a lot a “blessing” to the volunteers because it its to these in want.

“I take pleasure in assembly new individuals and attending to know individuals. I similar to serving to out. It blesses me greater than it blesses them,” stated Johnson, who additionally volunteered on the occasion in 2021. “Having the ability to assist out right here at this time means all the things. That’s what God needs us to do. He needs for us to share our love with others and that is a technique that I’m doing that. It’s joyful.”


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