Thousands gather at One Table for Thanksgiving

By: Chris Thomas Email
By: Chris Thomas Email

News 12 at six o'clock, November 22, 2007

Augusta, GA---"Hallelujah, I'm glad to be back here today," says 79 year old Daisy Mae Johnson. She enjoyed Thanksgiving this year at Aiken's One Table where there was good music, good fellowship, and one more thing..."Good looking food, I haven't taste it yet yall, but I know it's good because it look good...it look good, and it got to be good because good people fixed it."

People like Don Sprawls have spent the last three years pitching in on the grill helping to prepare 130 turkeys in one night. "Aiken's been good to me, I try to give back to the city when I can."

It is a sentiment shared by many, but event organizers stress..."It's not a soup kitchen. It's not the haves doing for the have nots. It's about everybody pitching in and helping to do the work and everybody sitting down and eating together. Don't matter where you come from, what your background is, you are welcome at One Table," says Eddie Gorge.

What started in 2005 as a way to bring people together is now an event that serves 2,000 people. And it's all free.

"There's a whole lot of people that help. We have probably 15 or 16 churches that help provide all the food. The city is a huge help in providing chairs, tables...and all kinds of things," says co-ordinator, Debbie Chandler.

"I can't think of any other better cause than to support this kind of event," says Aiken city councilwoman Lessi Price. "This is my first time, and I just think this is a wonderful thing. I'm glad I came," says Phyllis Maclay.

And this, organizers say, is just the beginning, "As long as people sponsor it, and people keep coming...we'll keep doing it."


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