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College students provide early Thanksgiving dinner at Pikeville shelter

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Residents at the WestCare Emergency Shelter enjoyed an early Thanksgiving dinner thanks to some students from Big Sandy Community and Technical College.

For the 10th year, the CARE Club, made up of human services students is volunteering at the shelter.

Cita Tackett says, "As human services students we want give back to the community because we are going into a field where we will spend a lot of time helping others."

Using their calling to help others to provide a meal they can be thankful for. John Ruth says, "They decided to feed us....they brought a big spread and I'm very thankful for that."

Even during one of the busiest times of the year, residents say there is an outpouring of love and support for the shelter.

Joseph Hurley says, "It means a lot to have people who think of someone else besides themselves all the time."

Residents say they are blessed to live in such a giving community, with donations coming in daily but they hope to see that spirit of giving continue beyond the holidays.

"My wish for the holiday season is that they will remember us from February to next November," explains Ruth.

Residents say even in hard times they can find reason to be thankful because of the shelter and the strong support from groups like the CARE club.

Students from the University of Pikeville and the organization 'Hope in the Mountains' also helped with the Thanksgiving dinner.

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