St. Augustine’s Serves Up More Than Meals

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CLEVELAND -- As it does every year, St. Augustine's Church is making sure that people who might go hungry instead enjoy a warm Thanksgiving meal.

Sister Corita, who runs the program with a small army of volunteers, estimated the church would serve 18,000 meals Thursday, both at its Tremont church and at 22 locations spread as far away as Huron.

"It makes my day," Sister Corita said.

But St. Augustine's serves a lot more than just food. It also serves up a lot of hope.

"I used to come here and eat many years ago," said Cheryl Walcott, who was at the church this Thanksgiving to volunteer her time. "So now that I am able to feed myself at home, I'm happy to come out and feed those in need," she said.

For some people, volunteering here is a tradition.

"Giving back is something I feel strongly about," said Nick Mier.

Nick, 18, said he got that value from his parents at a young age; this is his 15th year volunteering at St. Augustine's.

Sister Corita says the need is great and is growing, in particular, among baby boomers.

"A lot of my calls this year were from senior centers," she said.

Cheryl Walcott said St. Augustine's can be an oasis for many people trying to get on a road that will put their lives back together.

"C'mon out, let us support you and love you and don't give up," she said.