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Thousands are helped in time of need before Thanksgiving

Volunteers handing out food at St. Vincent De Paul (Photo: Dale Lutz, FOX19 NOW) Volunteers handing out food at St. Vincent De Paul (Photo: Dale Lutz, FOX19 NOW)
People lined up to receive Thanksgiving meals (Photo: Dale Lutz, FOX19 NOW) People lined up to receive Thanksgiving meals (Photo: Dale Lutz, FOX19 NOW)
(Photo: Dale Lutz, FOX19 NOW) (Photo: Dale Lutz, FOX19 NOW)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Earlier Tuesday morning, people stood outside in the cold for hours at St. Vincent De Paul, all hoping to receive a turkey and all the trimmings.

"The first person in line indicated to me that they had arrived at 10 p.m the night before, so certainly a large demand for our services,” said
Executive Director Mike Dunn.

One thousand bags were prepared for the morning giveaway, and were all spoken for before the noon cutoff.

"It certainly pulled at the heart string realizing that, we today were not able to fulfill everybody's needs," Dunn said.

Over at the Freestore Foodbank Customer Connection Center, more than 18,000 people have benefited from Holiday Food Distribution in the last two days.

"It means a whole lot. I appreciate the help the Freestore is giving to everyone who need something to eat,” said Hollis Horne.

Horne will be cooking for herself her two children and six grandchildren.

"It's a very rewarding experience. Many of our customers would tell that they wouldn't have a Thanksgiving meal if it wasn't for us. And that's what we're here to do. Really make sure they are able to enjoy the holidays with their families and they have the meal to share together,” said Public Relations Specialist Sarah Cook.

Those helping out say the need in Cincinnati is great. And though many are getting a helping hand for the holiday, for some it's all about service.

"Some of them seem like they need a hand, I feel good that we're able to do that for them,” said volunteer Jose Atiles.

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