Local group gives Thanksgiving meal to those in need
It's almost time for Thanksgiving, and giving is just what people around Cenla have been doing. Wednesday, an organization known as Shepherd's PIE, an acronym for people influencing eternity, showed what Thanksgiving is all about.
They organized “Operation Turkey Tagg.” “Tagg” standing for “tell about God's grace.”
Forty-six turkeys on the pit, among plenty of other food, provided Thanksgiving meals for those who might not be fortunate enough to have as much, if anything at all.
Their mission is to let people know that God is alive. "God's alive, and we're alive and we're there to help," said Randy Perego, a volunteer for the Shepherd’s PIE group.
With a passion to serve, and a heart for those in need, the people from Shepherd's PIE don't take their blessings for granted.
"It means as much to us as it does to them. Because I mean, scripture says to take care of the needy, the homeless, and the sick. And that's what we're about. We're about one, serving others and being the hands and feet of Jesus," said Bradley McGaha, the founder of the organization.
McGaha said he wanted to allow people to serve and put their hands on things, rather than just them giving money.
"There's always a need for help. You have the big organizations like Red Cross and United Way, this is just... there's never enough," said McGaha.
Even children were happy to help with preparation and delivery.
"We're doing this for Thanksgiving to give stuff to the people who don't have all the stuff that we have," said Payton Bareswill, a child volunteering Wednesday.
"I hope they will be extremely thankful and I'm sure just knowing that others care and love for them right now during times that are probably not the best. And you know, I'm sure they're going to love it," said, Ashley Bates, Payton's mother.
Little did the Bates family know, they weren't only going to bring food to homes, and smiles to faces, but also tears.
All one family could say when receiving their Thanksgiving meal was, “thank you,” over and over.
People in Cenla were thankful to receive, and even more thankful to give.
"I just like to put a smile on people and make them happy and just knowing that they have something to eat for thanksgiving,” said Payton Bareswill.
To find out more about this organization, visit their "Shepherd's Pie" Facebook page.