Woman's mission of helping needs help

A mission of love

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Many call Hattie McNealy an angel because she's worked tirelessly over the years to make sure nobody goes hungry.

"That's what our mission is, is to help end suffering," McNealy said.

It's a mission McNealy started 15 years ago out of her own home with the Care to Share Outreach Center and Food Pantry. It's expanded over the years with a bigger building and more clients.

"We are doing 2,500 to 3,000 (people) a month just because of the situation with the jobs, people being sick, and not having an income," McNealy said.

Every month, thousands of people come to the pantry. Because of McNealy and her army of volunteers, those people will not go hungry. But the pantry is growing crowded, and can't help as many people. They need space - and more volunteers.

"Right now we are very short on space. So we are looking for something 10,000 square feet or more that someone can donate to us," McNealy said.

Care to Share's lease is up in October. They're looking for a permanent home, where they can serve even more people.

"That's what my mission is on this earth. Is to help people. And when people come to me and say Ms. Hattie please don't close, that's important to me," said McNealy.

If you'd like information on how to help, you can find it here.

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