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Owensboro shelter continues Thanksgiving tradition of feeding those in need

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More than 100 were served a free Thanksgiving meal Thursday at the Daniel Pitino Shelter in Owensboro.

Volunteers spent part of their holiday helping others in need.

Since 1995, the Daniel Pitino Shelter has had a Thanksgiving dinner every year. This year, more than 10 volunteers helped out. It was the first time helping out for some volunteers.

Jody Phelps has always wanted to do more for people.

"People need to reach out more and I think it's good to be an example," she said. "It's a selfish reason too, because it makes me feel good."

Phelps decided she was going to make a difference by serving food on Thanksgiving Day to homeless and hungry people.

"It is always good to see a smiling face," Phelps said. "If people can't be home with family or have anywhere to go then this is a good thing. They can come here. Have a warm meal and have good fellowship."

Others like Jeff O'Dannon have been helping out on Thanksgiving for years.

"This is probably one of the best years where we've had a good meal and everybody come together," O' Dannon said. "I volunteer in case there is a donation that comes in. I grab the front door and make sure it is put away."

After everyone is full and the left overs are put away, Phelps and O'Dannon both say they will return to help out at next years Thanksgiving meal.

"It gets me out of the house and this is like my family here," O' Dannon said.

The Daniel Pitino Shelter is planning on having a similar lunch on Christmas Day and is looking for volunteers.

Contact the shelter for more importation if you would like to help out.

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