Shannon Santos believes her late grandmother, Merle Hatleburg, was watching over the group gathered in the Someone Cares soup kitchen Thanksgiving day.
This is the first Thanksgiving dinner without the woman who founded the soup kitchen more than 21 years ago. While Santos admitted it was really hard for her, she said she and many volunteers felt a special presence.
In prior years, everyone was always on the go and anxious about the preparations underway.
Not this year, Santos said.
“There’s such a sense of peace, and I know it’s because she’s looking over and providing for us right now.”
The line outside the door of Someone Cares began forming early Thursday.
Between noon and 3 p.m., more than 500 people were expected to be served a meal of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy and all the fixings.