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Volunteers needed more than ever for St. Augustine's Thanksgiving meal

With COVID-19 effects still heavy, the church expects more need this year than ever before.

CLEVELAND — Editor's note: The video in the player above is from a previously published story. 

Every year, St. Augustine's Hunger Center in Tremont steps up in a big way on Thanksgiving, serving hundreds of meals to the community. And right now, the need is greater than ever. 

Sister Corita Ambro, who officially retired from the church in 2018 but still works every Thanksgiving, expects a greater need this year thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, especially for delivery drivers to bring meals to those still at home. 

St. Augustine's is looking for Thanksgiving day volunteers to serve meals, pack meals, and drivers who can deliver the dinners to those in need. 

"Because a lot of people wont come out, and especially with the winter coming now, they're not going to leave their homes and they need someone to come in," says Sister Corita. "They're not going to cook a turkey for themselves, but everyone loves turkey on Thanksgiving."

But for those that do come in, Sister Corita says it's one big family, and that's why the need is so great.

"They come, and I get their hugs, and they get my hugs, and we're a happy family," Sister Corita tells 3News. 

This year, Barons Bus Services will help pack meals at their facility in Brook Park to reduce the amount of people actually at St Augustine's on the holiday. 

If you'd like to help, you can call (216) 377-3725. 

The St. Augustine Hunger Center is located at 1400 Howard Avenue in Cleveland's Tremont neighborhood.

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