Dozens enjoy Thanksgiving dinner at Pikeville shelter

By Angela Sparkman | 

Dozens of people had a Thanksgiving meal at the WestCare Emergency Shelter in Pikeville.
Despite going through hard times, the group says they have plenty to be thankful for this holiday.

19 year old Elaine Hendricks had tough times this year. She ended up in the WestCare Emergency Shelter in Pikeville.
"It's really amazing when a situation that is bad lands you somewhere you think is going to be worse, but it's actually a good thing," Hendricks said.

It's that attitude that led her and others at the Shelter to prepare a Thanksgiving feast.

"I didn't get to spend Thanksgiving with my family, but here, it's like my second family. A lot of the people kind of have the same situation I've got going on, so it's like we're all here for a reason, and I've seen the Lord work," Hendricks said.

Local churches and community groups donated food for the 32 people at the shelter this Thanksgiving.
"Thanks to the community for coming together, seeing this through, making it possible for our residents," said Anna Wakeland, Direct Care Worker at the shelter.

Those living in the shelter cooked the Thanksgiving feast together.
"It's actually really nice to be in a place where we can all sit down together and eat, have a good time and be like family," said Paul Maynard who lives in the shelter.

They say they're thankful for more than just a meal.
"I'm very thankful to be with my family, to be with new people and I feel very loved," said Maynard.

"I'm thankful for new friends, new family, I've actually finally got a job now. Thank God for all the blessings he's given me this year," said Hendricks.

The hospital also sent over plates of food. Those living in the shelter took those plates to families in a nearby neighborhood who could not afford Thanksgiving dinner.

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