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Locals hope to feed 1,000

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But nobody wants to take credit for effort

By Jesef Williams

Nobody was saying much Tuesday about a major community outreach effort planned for today.
Several Lancaster County residents have been working together over the last few weeks to sponsor a lunch for anyone who wants to come. The lunch will be served today staring at 11 a.m. at 113 1/2  Pleasant Hill St., Lancaster.
The goal is to feed 1,000 people, said Brad Small, one of the organizers.
“This is open to anybody that finds out about it,” Small said. “Hopefully, we’ll have enough food to feed them.”
Hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, fruit and water will be served. The meal is free. The only catch is that those who eat have to leave with a Bible. Copies will be given out during the event, Small said.
News about the lunch began to spread last week and continued into this week. There’s no organization’s name behind it. No advertising. No promotion.
It’s simply some caring residents who want to do something for their neighbors during the holiday season.
“No one wants to take credit for it, and that’s amazing,” said Small, who was somewhat reluctant to talk himself. “It’s not about us. We just want to do something to help out in the community because a lot of people are struggling.”
Lancaster resident Bridgette Cherry and her husband, Malachi, conceived the idea. Others in the community quickly got on board to support the effort.
When asked about her role, Bridgette Cherry spoke humbly. She said it’s all about showing love.
She expects a strong turnout today.
“You got to come out (today) and see,” she said. “It will go over well.”

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at jwilliams@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1152