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'Everybody needs to help'

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

If you think your kitchen is going to be in overdrive this morning, take a look at the kitchen at Metropolitan Ministries.

Before sunrise, volunteers were already here busy cooking for more than 450 people in need. That means hours and hours of mashing potatoes and serving them up hot.

But even that is just a small fraction of the meals Metro has already prepared for those in need.

Under Metro's massive tent on West Palm Avenue, nearly 180 families an hour were coming by to pick up their food baskets. Each family got a turkey with all the fixings to take back home to share with their family today on Thanksgiving.

For many, without this meal, there would be no turkey dinner.

"In reality, everybody needs to help," Rhonda Simmons said as she stopped by to donate food. "You've got to get out there and donate. There's a lot of people in need, that don't have jobs."

"We see families from time to time, they are caught in a cycle that they can't get out of. Our focus is to move families to self-sufficiency and that's really what we try to do," explained Metro's Tim Marks.

After this week, Metro Ministries, of course, will be back at work collecting more turkeys, food and toys for Christmas. This is their busiest time of the year, but their most rewarding as well.

LINK: http://www.metromin.org/

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