Eyewitness News at 6:00; November 17th, 2012

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This is eyewitness news at 6.
Good evening... And thanks for joining us for this late edition of eyewitness news at six... I'm Jennifer Moulliet.


About ten-thousand people will be able to enjoy a full Thanksgiving meal with the help of the New Hope International Church in Warner Robins.
Judy Le was there and has more.
This might look like a grocery store...
But these tiny hands are one of many...preparing a holiday meal for thousands of middle georgians.
Virginia LeVar-"I've got grandchildren that will be coming for Thanksgiving dinner and I can't afford to buy it. I've got great grandchildren that are coming and I needed help."
The New Hope International Church in Warner Robins welcomed visitors to the 15th annual Feed the City event. It's a community-wide initiative to help support families in need by providing basic essentials for the upcoming holiday.
"I'm surrounded by a sea of brown paper bags, but there's enough food in here to feed about 10,000 people. That means about 2,000 families will have a Thanksgiving meal."
About 200 volunteers welcomed the morning crowd with a wave of excitement.
James Walker, volunteer - "I've kind of been here since 6:30 this morning, moving boxes up and down stairs so I'm a little hot, a little worn out."
Elaine Searcy- "When we first got here, we had to stand outside and wait but it turned out to be very nice."
Waiting gave Virginia LeVar, who arrived at 7 a.m.,a chance to daydream of making one particular dish...
"You're going to think i'm silly, pumpkin pie....cause that's my favorite part of the meal."
30 out of 38 schools in Houston County collected food for Feed the City. So each bag contains a different assortment of goodies worthy of full Thanksgiving Meal.
Judy Le 13wmaz eyewitness news.
The New Hope International Church passed out Thanksgiving meals for four hours.


With Thanksgiving around the corner... Some people are seeking ways to give to others.
One local fraternity partnered with Wal-mart to do just that... In a grocery giveaway.
Members of Omega Psi Phi Incorporated timed participants as they rushed through the aisles to fill their carts with items of their choice.
The Omegas say the event is possible through selling raffle tickets.
First and second place winners earned a spot in the shopping spree.
Event Coordinator, Scotty Evans says all proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Dr. D. T. Walton scholarship fund.
He says this is the 12th year for the giveaway and they hope its impact will continue to grow.
Scotty Evans- "It helps us out in the community as well as Wal-mart by getting the word out to these young people to help benefit education." 
"During this time of holiday season and good cheer and good will; I'm going to see what I can do with products that I was able to accumulate,"says Debra Bell of Macon.The Dr. D. T. Walton scholarship will benefit a high school senior in the middle georgia area.


You can help us feed others too.
Kroger is partnering with 13WMAZ for a special way to give as we begin the holiday season.
It's the Can Hunger Food Drive happening at your local Central Georgia Kroger stores.
And you can help by bringing in non-perishable items to any area Kroger between now and Tuesday, November 20th.
It's an easy way to be a hometown hero to those who depend on the Middle Georgia Community Food Bank.


For years, Lindsay "doc" Holliday has been involved as a private citizen in local government.
But on election day he joined the ranks of elected official when he ran and won unopposed to be Bibb County Soil and Water Conservation Supervisor.
Holliday says in his new position he'll be able to better educate the public on the importance of proper storm drainage.
He cites the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Macon as a good example of storm water drainage.
Lindsay Doc Holliday says"the museum has done it well in that because soil is not eroding off their site the water is being detained soil is not moving off the site and they have done it in a beautiful way."
Holliday says making sure the storm drainage is done properly in Bibb County is something he will work on as an elected official.


While the weather here isn't beach-like it is in Fort Myers Beach.
This weekend, they're hosting their annual sand sculpting championship. Take a look!
Artists from all over the world are in southwest Florida to create their masterpieces.
The sculpting phase will last until Sunday, November 25th.
Once they're done, the 30 works of art will be shown off.
The main event will be open daily from 10 to 5.


Thanks for joining us... Remember the news is always on at 13WMAZ dot com.
Join us back here for eyewitness news at eleven.











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