FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFTA) — Nationwide, families are enjoying food and quality time with their loved ones. In Fayetteville, some are spending the holiday in a slightly different way. Local families came together to serve food to people less fortunate.
“We celebrate our Thanksgiving tomorrow,” said volunteer, Lisa Watkins. “As long as we’re with our family, it doesn’t have to be on a specific date. Today, it’s about them. It’s about this.”
Watkins said serving is a great way to teach her children to be grateful and compassionate toward people like Jeffrey Doyle Rodgers who has been homeless for about 20 years.
“It really touches my heart because I think it’s crazy that people, human beings, who care enough about the homeless to help us,” Rodgers said. “I think it’s awesome.”
And it’s not just people who were feasted. Their four legged companions ate too after a family donated 250 pounds of dog food by the family of Tracey Bruner.
“That’s their security,” Bruner said. “That’s their go to. When they’re having a good day, they can share it. If they have a bad day, they share it. Dogs, animals, will give you the most unconditional love.”
While the families said they recognize the meals won’t fix every problem, they are happy they can help even just for a one day.
“If I have someone to help me, it motivates me,” said diner Quinton Allen. “One day if someone else needs help, I can probably do it to. It gives me hope.”