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Ministry helps more than 1,400 people have early Christmas

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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -

More than 1,000 people received an early Christmas present Friday thanks to a local non-profit organization.

Tri County Family Ministries held their 30th annual Christmas party for the less fortunate.

People started lining up outside Cherokee Place United Methodist Church in the morning for a holiday lunch and more.

""We're blessed. We'll probably have 1,400 people today," said Sue Hanshaw, CEO of Tri County Family Ministries.

The tables filled up fast, with men, women and children from the community.

Among the thankful was Willie White.

"It is so beautiful. I could not ask for a better place to be," White said.

They are got a lot more than a meal.

There also was something to take home, a turkey and clothes.

Each child also was given a toy.

Hanshaw says this party can't be pulled off without the volunteers.

"People that have not been involved in this party before, seeing the faces on the children and some of the elderly that come through. It changes your life. It really does," she said.

There were so many people being served that as soon as one table was finished eating, more people came through the doors to take their place.

"This is a blessed meal, they've done a real good job," said John Smalls who attended the party. "God loves each and every last one of us, so that's why he has us situated right here."

It was a day of songs, food, and folks being treated like family in the spirit of the holiday season.

"It's just a spot of joy in the day for the Christmas season. It brings joy to the volunteers and to our clients as well," said Hanshaw.

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