La Grange church feeding hundreds of Harvey victims a Thanksgiving feast

This Thanksgiving, a La Grange church is opening its doors to the community, including hundreds affected by Hurricane Harvey. Members of the First United Methodist Church are teaming up with members of the Second Baptist Church to serve an estimated 500 m

LA GRANGE, TEXAS - This Thanksgiving, a La Grange church is feeding hundreds, including many affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Debra Hall and her family lost their home and almost all of their belongings to flooding from Hurricane Harvey. 

"We moved our cars, cats, dogs, kids and that's about all," Hall said.  

The last four months have been tough, but they can't imagine where they'd be if it wasn't for the congregation at First United Methodist Church. 

"Another couple from the church has a bed and breakfast and they're letting us stay in one area of the bed and breakfast," Hall said. "This church and all the churches in the community have gotten together and they do three meals every week." 

This Thanksgiving is no exception. Members of the church teamed up with members from Second Baptist Church to serve hundreds of home-cooked meals, something they say couldn't have happened if wasn't for the generosity of others. Austin Police Corporal "Tank" Tantaksinanukij helped organize the event. 

"We're just out here giving back to the community," he said. "We're letting them know that, 'Hey, you're not forgotten, we're going to be here.'" 

He got in touch with fans of the TV show "Supernatural," who raised almost $500,000. Jensen Ackles, a star on the show, and his wife donated $50,000. The non-profit Celebration of Love donated 25 turkeys, 600 Hawaiian sweet rolls and 25 pies. Tantaksinanukij said the non-profit Random Acts also had a major role. Countless volunteers gave their time. 

"We carved turkeys," Hall said. "Michael helped the men out cooking. They have coats for the adults or children outside that they're giving away, so the kids helped set up the tents and stuff with the coats outside."

This Thanksgiving, the Halls are thankful they can help. They're enjoying good food and fellowship with the people who have helped them get by after a tough few months.

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