LITTLE ROCK, AR - The Little Rock Compassion Center says it expects more than 2,000 people to enjoy a meal, not just Thanksgiving Day, but through the weekend. The need for hot meals is growing faster than people can give.
This is more than a meal for the 400 lining up for Thanksgiving lunch at the Little Rock Compassion Center.
For Sam Broadaway being here with friends he considers his family means everything.
"This will be the first Thanksgiving I’ve gone without my family without my father being here," Broadaway says. "I might not have the life that most people would consider to be a life, but I get to shower everyday, I get to brush my teeth everyday, I get to do my laundry. I get to eat food everyday."
And food is what's it's about today.
Volunteers spent the morning prepping the noon lunch. And then did it all again for dinner tonight.
Pastor William Holloway says he wants to feed people physically and spiritually but donations can't keep up with demand.
"It's not a surprise,” Holloway says. “More people are working part time today and they don't have as much money to spend."
Holloway says they're seeing 10% to 15% more people this Thanksgiving because fewer soup kitchens are serving meals beyond today.
The Compassion Center will be busy through Monday and that's another reason Sam Broadaway is thankful.
"This meal, it just means somebody else enjoyed preparing it for us to help us,” Broadaway says. “So without crying or anything like that, it means a lot."
In years past it's been about more than just good food and desserts. The Compassion Center also had a hat to give folks to keep warm on a cold night. Right now they're out of coats. They need all the donations they can get as December and winter approaches
The Little Rock Compassion Center is a privately run organization that operates entirely on donations from people like you.
You can learn more by visiting them at http://www.lrcompassioncenter.org/