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March 23, 2014

Video: Celebrate packages 30,000 Meals from the Heartland

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For the first few years of the organization's existence, there was only the single annual event. Pitching in by churches and other organizations has increased the number of meals made available for the hungry. 

"People want to help out," O'Dell said. "It's a matter of giving them the opportunity." 

He was hopeful that those who volunteered would find the experience fun and rewarding. He hopes they will help again if the opportunity arises.

"If it's their first, I hope it's not their last," O'Dell said. 

Several children helped prepare the meals. Others opted to take the organization up on an offer to decorate the boxes the packages were stored in for transport. 

Schmidt was proud of his congregation for not only volunteering on Sunday, but for providing the funding to pay for the meals. When the day was over, several volunteers worked to restore the sanctuary to its usual setting, vacuum and load the full boxes into a truck for delivery. Others cleaned in the kitchen area, where some of the same meals the group packed, were also prepared, to provide a sample for volunteers to find out how the meals taste. 

Also of note at the event, Knoxville Fire/Rescue and Knoxville Police responded to an emergency call. A young lady passed out while assisting in the event. She appeared to be sitting up and talking before being taken away via ambulance. 

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