Augusta man finds healing in giving Thanksgiving

By: Diane Cho
By: Diane Cho

November 22, 2006

While many of us were scrambling at the last minute to put final touches on our thanksgiving feasts, some didn't even have a place to go.

That's why the Augusta Rescue Mission worked around the clock to make sure the thousands of needy people in Augusta would have a hot meal ready for them on Thanksgiving.

One man is especially grateful to be able to work and help those in need, since he's been there himself.

Instead of being with his family on Thanksgiving, James Claridy says he belongs at the Augusta Rescue Mission.

"It's a calling for me to help others."

After giving up his home, his job and everything he had for a painful drug addiction, he says it's time for him to give back to those who may be in the same dark place he's now left behind.

"I'm thinking about other people," he said. "I'm not tired from working all day. This is a different me now."

On the eve of Thanksgiving, James helped roast 80 birds and prepare a meal for 1500 or more...and he's serving it up one meal at a time.

For James, the work is food for the mind, body and the soul.

"This is who I am. I love to help people, to give them something they don't have. Not taking. I took all my life."

The Augusta Rescue Mission planned to hold a Thanksgiving service at 11 o'clock and serve Thanksgiving dinner at noon.

The rescue mission sends out flyers, so some of those meals were actually paid for by folks in the community who care. Some of the proceeds from their furniture shop also help pay for the meals.

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