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      Thanksgiving meals handed out to hundreds at annual event

      By Gregory Woods gwoods@abcnews4.com

      NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Over the years,the Tri-County Family Ministries has helped nearly 5 million people, and onMonday that number grew with the organization's 30th annual Thanksgiving meal.

      Whether it was on bike or on foot, nearly 500 hungry peoplefound their way to the Tri-County Family Ministries for a hot meal.

      Through the door they found plates filled with barbecue,macaroni, vegetables and brownies. It was all supplied by Jimmy Hagood's BBQ.

      "They come with their broken stories, and they come with anempty stomach so we want to fill their empty stomachs, but as we hear theirbroken stories, we step in on Christ's behalf," said Matthew McCormick with theChurch of the Resurrection.

      And a blessing is exactly what Tommencita Washington saidshe and her 2-year-old daughter needed.

      "I'm not working and I'm financially strapped and on theverge of being homeless," Washingtonsaid.

      Washington'sstruggles make it hard for her to provide for her daughter.

      "I didn't know she was that hungry," Washington said. "And when she said, 'Yay,food!' and everyone noticed, I was like, 'Wow, she really was that hungry,'" Washington said.

      On Monday, Washington and her daughter went home with a fullstomach and a full bag of groceries.

      "It's just a great blessing that someone is able to outreachto the community and give a helping hand, and I appreciate it. I'm thankful forit," she said.

      It's all part of the nonprofit's mission that started 30years ago.

      On Wednesday, Tri-County Family Ministries will serveanother huge meal with the help of the RiverDogs and Wal-Mart. Fried chicken ison the menu.

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