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Local Woman Fighting Hunger

Area food banks see an increase in need around the holiday season. For nearly 30 years, a local woman has been fighting hunger in the community.
Area food banks see an increase in need around the holiday season. For nearly 30 years, a local woman has been fighting hunger in the community. 

Jacqueline Griffin never thought she would need a free Thanksgiving dinner. When she did, Rosa Wims was there. 

"I'm a believer in volunteerism and I volunteered many years myself; and this is, like I said, my first time having a need so I appreciate it," she said.

"I'm enjoying life; you know I enjoy this. They don't enjoy it as much as I do. It's work by you know what, when you get old and you can move around and you can work and you're alive; thank God I'm happy," Wims said.

Mother Rosa will be 91 next month and plans to keep serving the communityh. 

"As long as I've got breath," she said.

"It's a staple in the community and people really look forward to it because the kids are out of school and they may not have a meal coming their way so this is a way to make sure their tummies are filled on a day off," Foodlink manager Terra Keller said.

Wims partners with Foodlink to serve nearly 500 people every year. Dozens of people throughout the community volunteer. 

"I think this is a great thing and any of the residents at the hospital would love to have the day to just be able to do this and interact with the community in a different way," volunteer Bo Lee said.

Griffin is overwhelmed with gratitude. 

"I'm appreciative, thank you Rosa," she said.

Wims is already planning next year's dinner. 
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