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Poverello House Serves Up More Than 800 Thanksgiving Meals

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<font size="2"><p>The holidays can be a reminder of how much we can help one another. On Thursday, the Poverello House in Fresno rounded up dozens of volunteers to serve a Thanksgiving meal to hundreds of those in need.</p>Roy Bybee, a client of the Poverello House said, &quot;You get here, and you’re all alone. And you meet people and you strike up friendships here, and hopefully that carries you through everyday, keep you from feeling down on yourself.&quot;<br /><br />Bybee has spent Thanksgiving Day at Poverello for three years now.<br /><br />&quot;It’s really wonderful. I enjoy it. As you can see, I’m not skinny or anything!&quot; joked Bybee.<br /><br />The Richmond-native said receiving the free meal pushes him to pay it forward.<br /><br />He said, &quot;I used to volunteer in other places where I’m from. And I wouldn’t mind doing it for here either.&quot;<br /><br />That’s the exact attitude Clovis volunteers Lisa and Norman Carpenter hope people take away from the day.<br /><br />Norman said, &quot;We can be praying for them and pray, you know, for Poverello House and for what they’re doing in the community.&quot;<br /><br />Cruz Avila, the executive director of the Poverello House said the spirit of giving has only gotten stronger every year because of it’s local volunteers. Volunteers on Thursday ranged in all kinds of ages.<br /><br />&quot;The residents themselves, prepping, cooking all the meals, just making everything happen. So, if it wasn’t for them, this day wouldn’t be as special as it is for all these clients that are coming through the doors,&quot; exclaimed Avila.<br /><br />This year, the homeless shelter proudly announced it had surpassed it’s goal of raising 1,200 turkeys. Thus, allowing the community to break bread together, and give thanks.<br /><br />Avila estimates it will serve more than 800 meals to those in need on Thanksgiving Day.</font></div>

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