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Local church provides coats, food to those in need

(WMC-TV) - As winter rapidly approaches, a local church is providing coats for families in need.

As Cathy Davis looks through these coats at The Deliverance Church in South Memphis, she is thankful.

"I think it's really nice because this neighborhood really needs this," stated Davis.

Now, she and others living here will not have to worry about coats this winter.

"I try to help when I can. A lot of them don't have nothing to wear. I try to feed them when I can. We all get together and help each other," said Davis.

Every year, the church invites the community inside before winter kicks in to make sure they have coats to keep warm. This year, they also sent them off with a hot meal in Thanksgiving style with turkey, dressing, corn, string beans, and cranberry sauce.

"We have coats for children, men, adults...so they can be warm this winter," asserted Clarissa Moore-Newsom from Auxiliaries In Ministry.

Zabrina Wade is thankful for the warm meal and the coat.

"They're always helping people," declared Wade.

Organizers said the need is great in south Memphis for families to have hot meals and warm coats this time of year.

"We've seen people come in that don't have coats. We've seen families come in with several children, small children, and they don't have a coat they need,"

Davis said the church is a bright spot in the middle of a community heavy laden with crime.

"The crime rate is real bad. (There's) so much killing around here. This church is really a big help," finished Davis.

Moore-Newsom said she thinks the church is great for the area.

"We believe the church is not just in the four walls. But, it's also (an) outreach into our community," explained Moore-Newsom.

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