By Abby Reed
HOBBS, N.M. - Most folks are giving thanks this holiday season, for their families, their homes and their jobs. However, some people don't have those things. In the community of Hobbs, one organization is giving free Thanksgiving meals to help those less fortunate. In addition to turkey and all the trimmings, they're also serving up hope.
For folks like Renee Madron, this Thanksgiving is about more than giving thanks. It's just about giving.
"But, we love to do it, and then when we see their faces, the little children who are starving, they're eating and they're all excited about what we're giving them, it's worth it. It really is worth it," Madron, said.
Madron operates Isaiah's Food Kitchen in Hobbs. For the past 16 years, they've served up free Thanksgiving meals to anyone who would stop by. There's no catch, there's no charge. The kitchen operates primarily through donations and volunteers. They offer free meals to those who are less fortunate.
"And we offer hope. We want to offer hope, and as we do that, it fulfills my life, it changes me," Madron said.
Eddie Cooper works at the kitchen with Madron, but just a year ago, he was homeless, looking for a free meal. He got his meal, but he also got a new lease on life. With the help of Madron and the kitchen, he was able to get on his feet. He's a prime example of the goal of Isaiah's kitchen. Madron says she wants to help people who aren't looking for a hand out, but a hand up.
"It brings tears to my eyes, it's so wonderful, that when you look at things that change your life, like things that have put me down, and then I come back up, it's a real wonderful thing," Cooper said.