St. Vincent de Paul, Set Free Church feed 600 on Thanksgiving

As always, the community of Needles attacked hunger on Thanksgiving, making sure hundreds would eat. Selah Johnston, 8; Sarah Johnston, 5; and Savannah Stiles, 11 (l to r) carry desserts to a packed house in Fr. Hanley Hall on Thanksgiving Day, 2019. The Needles chapter of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and Set Free Church team up each year to offer a free Thanksgiving dinner to the community in the hall at St. Ann Catholic Church, D and Third streets. George DeLeon of St Vincent de Paul reported 600 dinners, including take out meals, were served this year; nearly double the number served last year. “We had a bigger crowd to serve this year than we expected, but we were prepared. We also had more volunteers show up than I expected,” DeLeon said: 45 volunteers, including 10 children, helped serve the meals.

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