DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Every Thanksgiving for over 20 years the Moma Tina’s Mission House has made it their mission to ensure no one goes hungry for Thanksgiving.
This year 800 plates, full of all the Thanksgiving food favorites, were made and passed out to anyone hungry or needy in the community. But this year was a little different than years past.
“I’m crying, I’m emotional because this is the first time in 20 years, going on 21 years, that my mother is not here because she’s sick,” Owner Kenneth Sharpton Glasgow said.
Moma Tina’s Mission House got its name when Kenneth Glasgow bought the home and named it after his mother.
For years his mother has served the community daily by providing a hot meal to anyone in need. Serving on Thanksgiving is a tradition that is looked forward to every year.
Without Moma Tina there, the community stepped up to ensure the tradition does not die.
“It’s amazing to see as many volunteers as we’ve had this year come out, even though my grandmother isn’t here, we’re still able to pursue and do what she has taught us to do,” T.O.P.S. Case Manager, Kenyetta Rich-Glasgow said.
Many volunteers of all ages spent their holiday serving plates and serving others. As Glasgow says without the help of the community this day could not be possible.
“It comes from volunteers,” Kenneth Glasgow said. “It total comes from volunteers, from people, from donations. It’s a cumulation of people that come together. These are two times that you see Dothan come together.”
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Glasgow had one message to share with everyone.
“If you’re able to look at this, and read this, and hear this, and see this, then you ought to be thankful,” Kenneth Glasgow said. “So past that Thanksgiving to somebody else.”