Dudley Baptist Church took time Tuesday to feed those less fortunate.

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While many people are preparing for Thanksgiving members of Dudley Baptist Church gathered today to help those less fortunate make this time of year a little easier.

Donald Fuller has been homeless since 2010. A bad knee keeps him from his regular job, building cabinets for local businesses. He says times are hard year round but especially around the holidays.

And it's people like Fuller, Billy Daws is trying to help.

"A friend of mine came by a while ago, told me about what's going on.and I said "What?" Something's free? I gotta come check this out," Fuller said.

"When you do things like this, it just uncovers the needs that people have," Daws said.

He's senior pastor at Dudley Baptist Church. This year he asked his congregation to donate $40,000 from collections to help feed Laurens County's less fortunate.

"People in our own community are having to live this way.You don't have to go overseas to find a mission project. It's right here in your own hometown," he said.

Even the youngest members of Dudley Baptist say a day from their holiday break is a small price to pay for helping others.

This year they're not just giving out food, people can get their blood pressure checked.

Daws realizes those hot meals, medical help, and a few kind words are temporary, but he hopes they make someone like Fuller's day a little easier.

"Because you don't see it too often except maybe in a church somewhere. It's a good project. Whoever thought of it, ought to be be blessed by that. I know I am," Fuller said.

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