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Meal servers hope to cut down on crime

4 years ago November 24, 2010 Nov 24, 2010 Wednesday, November 24 2010 Wednesday, November 24, 2010 5:23:56 PM CST in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Stephanie Ryan

BATON ROUGE - A warm meal is something The Salvation Army hopes will give a helping hand to the Brookstown community, an area that has dealt with a high crime rate for years.

Just a year ago, three people were brutally murdered in their cars in Brookstown.  Now the Salvation Army is taking their canteen truck and hitting the streets to deliver turkey, peas, candied yams, cornbread, and a little love to the people in their community.

"This neighborhood is in dire need of some assistance," Rakenya McCree with the Salvation Army said.  "We have a lot of crime here.  That's also a cry for help because they don't have any place to turn, so they're turning on each other."

Wednesday, the group made five stops in the area and fed about 500 people an early Thanksgiving dinner, folks like Darrell Hays.

"It's real good, man.  That means somebody's thinkin' about ya somewhere," Hays said.  "I hope it makes a lot of difference," he said of his community.

The Salvation Army won't stop at Thanksgiving: they will continue to collect toys for hundreds of children in the area for Christmas.  For more about how you can help out, visit the Salvation Army's website.

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