Young volunteers give back for Thanksgiving

A Thanksgiving Tradition With Meaning

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- There are many Thanksgiving Day traditions, and one of them is taking time to serve others. 

As they done for years now, volunteers, young and old, spend part of their Thanksgiving in the basement of the Response to Love Center on Buffalo's east side, helping serve a warm Thanksgiving dinner to those in need.
 
A big part of this tradition comes from the hands of the young people, who join their family in serving others. Kids like 12-year-old C.J. Moore, who's here helping out for the first time. 
 
"There's so many people here, and I didn't know that there this many people who don't have what I have."
 
A realization compounded by just who came in for a warm meal this day.
 
"Well I think it's really hard for them because they don't get to sit down under a roof and have a meal every night."
 
Then there are kids like Brooke and Mattie Woodard, teenagers who have been coming to Response to Love every Thanksgiving since they were very young.
 
"I've been here since I was in third grade and my sister Mattie has been here since she was in second grade."
 
These two sisters from Eden help make sure those who have come seeking a warm meal will leave, not only fortified, but with greater understanding of what Thanksgiving really means.
 
"It's opened my eyes to a new world, It's just been such a great experience." 
 
An experience of not only serving, but listening too.
 
"If you sit down and talk to the people and talk to them, their stories will inspire you, and you never know what's going to happen."


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