KENSINGTON (WTXF) - 10 years ago a group of volunteers in Philadelphia decided to host Thanksgiving meals for those in need in their neighborhood. This simple mission has grown into something much more.
Today at Kensington and Somerset a different story is being told. It's not about the drug epidemic or community problems. On Thanksgiving, it's just about showing that this community still cares.
"There's a group of women that got together and we've been doing this for years we bring our kids out, our grandkids, family, pastors different churches, as the years went by people kept uniting and it got bigger and bigger," said Wanda Martinez.
Every day they support people in Kensington but today the line started forming at 10 a.m. with a prayer, people looking for a meal and some love.
And when she says it got bigger and bigger, Wanda Martinez is being humble. Seeing the number of people eating and the number of volunteers was both heartwarming and honestly impressive.
"I remember at one time we were feeding 200 people now we are feeding almost 1,800," said Wanda.
The group behind today's Thanksgiving meal is called Mothers Mission. Basically, a group of women who started serving and then it expanded to their friends and family who believe in the saying, “I am my brothers and sisters keeper.”
"It doesn't take millions of dollars to help, you can help on your block within your neighborhood. Anybody, kids, adults just help," said volunteer Jose Falcon.
For hours that's what they did and as you spoke to some of the volunteers it became clear quickly how this commitment to community was much more than just a meal.
"This is what Thanksgiving is about giving back and restoring hope and healing to people who are out there and still suffering from the grips of their addiction,” said addiction counselor Ramon Cruz Jr.
Nearly 2,000 people came today just because this community cares… For Goodness Sake.