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Hope Center serves dozens of Wilmington's homeless at Thanksgiving dinner

The Hope Center in Wilmington is hosting a Thanksgiving Dinner for the homeless from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Source: WECT) The Hope Center in Wilmington is hosting a Thanksgiving Dinner for the homeless from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (Source: WECT)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

In an effort to feed the homeless on Thanksgiving Day, the Hope Center in Wilmington hosted a dinner for the less fortunate.

The center is located in the basement of the Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church, providing a physical space for the homeless to store belongings and come inside to escape harsh weather conditions. On Thursday evening, it was used to provide a holiday meal for the same people that have used their other resources.

"It's a blessing, I can't really explain it, because you know anywhere else people don't do stuff like this," said Argo Engel, a volunteer at the center who said he also struggled with poverty. "I don't know how to put that in words."

Engel said the plate of food means a lot to the homeless community, but just as valuable was the opportunity to speak with others who share their same experiences.

As many families ate their Thanksgiving meals together in their houses Thursday, the Hope Center tried to do the same for the homeless community. Founder Randy Evans said this dinner gave the homeless community their own family and let them know this family is there for them whenever they need it.

The dinner lasted from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. If you'd like to help, there is still an opportunity for you to do that. If you'd like to get involved with the center, contact Evans at 919-349-1993 or email him here.

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