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PINE LEVEL, AL (WSFA) -
This is a story about
'paying it forward,' feeding the hungry with a heaping dose of compassion.
Kathy Teal and
volunteers prepared a few plates of food for some of the locals in Pine Level.
Teal started the 'Soul Food Soup Kitchen' in April. This is Teal's way of
forwarding a kindness shown to her family some 50 years ago. Teal was only
2 years old at the time.
"My dad was
temporarily out of work because of health issues and this lady from our church
made sure we had Christmas that year with toys. I didn't know about it until
recently until that friend died," said Teal.
Teal puts the soup
kitchen in action once a week and averages around 40 meals per week and that
includes deliveries to people like Estes Fray who is recovering from a leg
"I think it's very
nice what they're doing. I am very grateful," said Fray.
Kathy Teal says what
they're doing is nothing magical or mysterious. They're just carrying out what
they consider a key Biblical principle.
more powerful in the world than giving of yourself to help someone else in
need," said Teal.
The majority of the food
is donated and volunteers will drive 5 miles to deliver a hot meal. The
meals range from hamburgers such as last week's July 4th holiday to
Melody Woodham is giving
up personal time to be a volunteer often spending all day Monday to help
prepare meals on Tuesday.
For Woodham it's time
"I would do it 4 or
5 days a week if we had more people to feed," said Woodham.
Teal and company are
happy, the kindness delivered and the homebound remembered.