Caring 7 feed the hungry

November 26, 2008 9:00:00 PM PST
The true meaning of the Thanksgiving holiday is the spirit of giving. In Fayetteville, that spirit has been acted out for the past several years by a group of friends who call themselves the Caring 7.They know that Thanksgiving is a family holiday, and for the homeless, it can be extremely lonely.

Nobody knows that better than Edward Banks. Edward used to be homeless, but now he's president of the Caring 7 - a group of Fayetteville men who get together]

"Last year, we fixed 967 last year. I cooked 83 turkeys. This year, we've got about 91 turkeys, so we're going to do even more," Banks explained.

Charles Morgan is one of the group's founding members. He served as its president for 10 years and still serves a mean plate of green beans. The idea for the meal was something a group of friends kicked around at a local barber shop.

"The plan started in Midway Barber Shop. I suggested that we start. I wanted to feed the homeless and I talked with several guys and they came in and we decided we would do it," Morgan recalled.

Their generosity has inspired others like Alice Davis. She lives in Fayetteville now, but is a Hurricane Katrina survivor

"For when I came here they were so nice and so kind and so much was given unto me when I got here. So I decided that this Thanksgiving the Lord says 'no, no eating all day. You want from me. I gave to you, now give back,'" she explained.

Fayetteville Mayor Tony Chavonne says the event is a true reflection of the community.

"Seven people started. You look at what this has grown to and it's for the right reasons. I'm so proud to know them. Proud of what they represent in our community. And we're a blessed community and blessed good friends," said the Mayor.


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