CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - At the Charlotte Rescue Mission, there's always a call to serve: both plates and people.
The meal Wednesday is nothing compared to Thanksgiving Day when the meals roll off the serving line all day long; even be served by waiters with movies to watch on the side.
It will certainly be much different than the norm.
The only thing missing, sort of, is dessert. The shelter has a table full of sweet meal endings, but only enough to feed 200. Volunteers expect to feed 1200. That's where the most help is needed and Executive Director Rev. Tony Marciano hopes the public will help make a holiday to satisfy hunger as it heals.
"I watch hearts that are hardened after years of hard living go from a heart of stone to a heart of flesh and we get to make the love of God so real," Marciano said.
No one knows better than Stanley Edwards. "I was hopeless myself when I came through here in 2006," he said. The Rescue Mission was once Edwards' home too.
Now it's his office. As hard as he works, you can almost tell he works all the time. He's got two other full time jobs. But its at the shelter where he earns the most, because there's no paycheck at all.
"I look at it as just being and having real gratitude because I could have been left out there in those seeds of addiction and that's a place I wouldn't advise people to ever want to be a part of because there's a better way to live."
Edwards is living it; all the while being thankful he's able to give.