HOUSTON, Miss (WTVA) -- Parkway Baptist Church staff in Houston served over 600 meals to people that either dined in for a Thanksgiving meal,
or took the safer route and drove through, picking up a hot meal for the holiday.
"Show them that they are a part of a community, not just a town," said Scott Ellison.
Volunteers and church members of Parkway Baptist Church came together today and served hundreds of people in the community that may not be able to serve themselves this Thanksgiving.
"With the covid-19 virus, there are a lot of people that lost jobs, a lot of families that may not have had a job," said Scott.
For that reason, organizers Scott and Roxanne Ellison started the Thanksgiving giveaway four years ago to help families in need during the holiday season.
"We are serving dressing, green beans, mash potatoes, sweet potatoes, ham, role, and a dessert," said Roxanne Ellison.
With the pandemic causing health concerns Ellison said they offered a drive-through option for the first time this year.
Roxanne said because of the long lines they started serving almost an hour earlier than usual.
"Each year it has grown, we started out around 200, the second year it was about 400, and last year we fed approximately 750," said Scott.
This year they served close to 650 meals within the first hour.
"They don't have to get out they just roll the window down and we just cater to them that way," said Roxanne.
The Ellison's said their goal is to serve as many people as possible
"I guess more people feel more comfortable at this point doing the drive-through, which that's fine we just wanted to serve the community," said Scott.