For folks who don’t have a place to call home for the holidays, or a hot meal to eat, any joy the holiday season brings can quickly disappear.
To help spread a little happiness throughout the community, the Alpha Omega Angels held their annual Thanksgiving dinner Tuesday at the Walker County Democratic Headquarters.
“It was a continuous dream I was having for six months,” Angels founder Alpha Ashley said Tuesday. “I can’t feed people because I don’t have any money, so I reached out to the community and my friends. They reached out to me on Facebook. One of my friends said they had a building to use anytime I needed too.”
During its first year in 2015, Ashley and the other members of the group were able to feed more than 400 people from around the community. The group also hosted a Christmas dinner where they were able to feed another 800 people last year.
“We were also able to give out gifts, too,” Ashley added. “It was a community effort.”
Now in its second year, the annual Thanksgiving dinner keeps getting bigger and better. The group is made up of 35 members, with each one contributing a dish to the traditional feast. Dishes such as turkey, ham, green beans, mashed potatoes and all of the usual fixings lined the tables at the Democratic Headquarters on Tuesday as hungry patrons came to eat and join in the fellowship.
“I’m really pleased to be a part of this,” Angels member Yolanda Scott said. “I’m excited and I was excited when (Ashley) first came and asked me. I love to give and help because that is what we’re all about. We’re just trying to be somebody’s angel.”
The Angels will be hosting another dinner on Thursday at Unity of Faith Missionary Baptist Church, 336 Watkins St., starting at 9:30 a.m. The dinner is open to the public.
The group is also planning to continue with its annual Christmas dinner, which will be held sometime in December.
“This means the world to me,” Ashley said. “One thing a person should never be is hungry. My goal in life is to make sure there are no empty bellies because it is a horrible thing to go to sleep or walk around hungry. We just want to make sure that everyone gets a hot meal every day or at least on Thanksgiving. There are so many people who do not have anybody.”
For more information about the Alpha Omega Angels, or any of their upcoming events, visit www.facebook.com/alphaomegaangels.