• Gastonia church helps feed 100's

    By: Andrew Doud


    GASTONIA, N.C. - A church in Gastonia helped feed hundreds over the last two days.

    For the last 12 years, East Baptist Church has been feeding the less fortunate.

    Church member Jeff Bryson said it began when they saw a need.

    So he and other volunteers began handing out free meals. At first they fed just over 200, but overt the last decade, their mission has grown.

    The church prepared 25 turkeys and hams, 600 pounds of bar barbecue and everything else needed for a good holiday meal.

    This is a one stop shop for everything people need for Christmas -- people can come in for food and leave with toys, clothes and some groceries.

    Pamela Smart came in for a meal and some toys for her neighbors children.

    "This is just a wonderful gift for everyone. I'm so glad they do this. This is just great," said Smart.

    Volunteers prepared meals for people from 6 on Monday until noon today.

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