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Volunteers serve free food, fun at annual Feeding of the Multitude

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CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

It's been a staple in Downtown Charleston's Mall Park for 22 years. 

Each year, volunteers for Feed the Multitude serve up free food, entertainment, and gently used clothes to those in the community who need it most.

Charleston's Dr. Dallas Austin of St. John's Chapel brought the idea to light in 1991.

"We're doing something to galvanize a sense of what the churches should be and what the people should be in receiving the benefits of the church," Austin said.

This year, the event partnered with churches on Johns Island and West Ashley.  Organizers expect to serve thousands between the three locations.

"It makes my heart feel so good because we work so hard for this and this is what we pray will happen and it happens," said volunteer Claudia Boyce, who helped organize Feeding of the Multitude on Johns Island.  "The Lord just makes it all come together for us."

Longtime volunteer Matthew Jeffcoat added, "When people have a mindset and a heart in giving, then anything is possible."

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