Giving back: Local organization filling trunks, stomachs, and hearts


JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - With Thanksgiving just around the corner, Good Samaritan Ministries of Johnson City is distributing food to more than 3,000 families in need across northeast Tennessee.

"We're just so grateful, we're very thankful to be in a community that cares, a community that is so giving and loving to our neighbors in need," says executive director of Good Samaritan Ministries of Johnson City.

These families and individuals are receiving everything they need for a full Thanksgiving meal.

"We did turkey drives and canned food drives and household item drives, so we can put together a nice box so that families and also individuals can all participate in this Thanksgiving season," Murphy says.

Full trunks, full stomachs, and full hearts; that's what the volunteers say it's all about.

"It's wonderful...there's not a feeling in the world like when you get to meet the needs of people and just tell them how much God loves them and we do too," says volunteer Ronald Durand.

"People who are in places that may seem hopeless, it's just been really neat to see how they reach out to people love them and just give them a little glimpse of hope," says Good Samaritan Ministries intern and volunteer Ana Bates.

One of the families receiving a Thanksgiving basket says words can't describe their emotions.

"I can't express my gratitude towards them. Especially right now, we just moved and we just wouldn't have a Thanksgiving dinner if it wasn't for them this year, and for every year they've helped us, it's just the best things. I'd just like to hug everybody," they say.

For more information on how to become a volunteer with Good Samaritan Ministries, just come by the building in downtown johnson city off of North Roan street, visit their website: or call: (423) 928-0288 .

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