St. Stephen serves 3,000 and a Thanksgiving lesson, too

Published: Nov. 24, 2016 at 6:30 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 24, 2016 at 9:23 PM EST
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Volunteers start organizing at 6 a.m. (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Volunteers start organizing at 6 a.m. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It's a 6 a.m. start time to organize the well-oiled machine that is the St. Stephen Thanksgiving meal.

Hundreds of volunteers lined up in assembly lines to pack boxed dinners to ship out to at least three thousand people all over Louisville.

"We have something for everybody to do," said Deacon Lisa Smith, "Teamwork makes the dream work. You never know this could be any of us on the receiving end, but to give back at any time, I'm grateful."

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For volunteer Najeebah Shabazz, the day started with a wake-up call for her son. He might be on vacation from school but she was going to make sure that he learned a lesson.

"I woke him up. He..he did not know what was going on," said Shabazz, "He's like 'Mom what are we doing?' I said 'We're going to go to the church and give back to those that are less fortunate.'"

Zachariah said, at first, he was missing his chance to sleep in from a day off at school, but quickly saw the value in filling up plates.

"My mom told me that it could have been us that were less fortunate and we would have wanted  somebody to help us out," Zachariah said, "It makes me feel good, it's going to make somebody else feel happy."?

Now his mom is pretty happy too.

"It makes me feel proud as a parent that he even listened," Shabazz said. "At first he was a little bit leery,  but he got here he got into it and he was excited to do it."

"I thank her for waking me up," Zachariah said,"because she's the kinda person who does this, but now I like doing it too, it just helps the community out."

On the church's Indiana campus, they'll serve another thousand people in Clarksville, Jeffersonville, and New Albany.

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