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Thousands of meals given away in Albany

ALBANY -- Thousands of free Thanksgiving meals were served Thursday afternoon at the Capital City Rescue Mission and Equinox. Hundreds more were delivered to people who were unable to come in-person.

Each year is something different. Last year I had a lady who couldn't walk. She threw her key out the window and we had to pick it up, unlock the door and come and give her a meal. We just pray with and encouraged her, said Pastor Lyndrell Randle at Equinox. This year someone gave us cards that said Happy Thanksgiving and opened it was an empty plate with their name on it and it's wonderful.

About 350 meals were delivered in the morning, an increase from last year.

Every meal was taken this year so we've seen a major need and we saw other people we didn't have enough to give to, so we see the need, said Randle.

Some volunteers were also once in need themselves. William Vay came to the Mission five months ago and was helping to feed others on Thanksgiving.

I came here and I had no place to live. I was down on my luck. I came here as a guest and now I'm working as part of transportation. It's a wonderful place. It's changed my life, said Vay. There's a lot of people that miss their families and this is an extended family. Everyone here working has their hand out to help somebody. Thats what it's all about.