Holiday’s ‘True Meaning’ Shines in Cleveland

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CLEVELAND -- The true meaning of Thanksgiving can be found in a small church on Cleveland's near west side. You can find those who are truly thankful and those who are glad to give.

Hundreds of volunteers gathered at St. Augustine Hunger Center to prepare and package thousands of Thanksgiving Day meals.

As many as 17,000 people in need across Northeast Ohio were fed. 

Meals were distributed to other area hunger centers and delivered to the home-bound, the elderly and the disabled.

Erica Saunders and her family spent the day at St. Augustine packaging meals. 

“So far we have gone through 400 meal boxes, and they’re talking that 2,000 people will be fed.  I think that’s amazing," Saunders said. 

Juanita Burks and her two grandsons were among 1,000 people who shared Thanksgiving Day dinner at St. Augustine. 

“It means a whole lot.  It means that it helps a lot of people who don’t have anything to eat," Burks said. 

For the past 35 years, the true meaning of giving and gratitude can be found at St. Augustine, and that is something that Amy Hamilton has experienced first hand. 

“Now I am on the giving end, instead of the receiving end. So, it’s a blessing to be here today.  I have nothing but gratitude in my heart,” she said.