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Thanksgiving charity highlights holiday need

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People gathered in Round Rock to eat, chat and make up hundreds of meals to deliver to people across the region.

From Taylor to Austin to Bastrop, and cities in between, anyone who needed a hot, home-cooked meal on Thanksgiving were able to have just that thanks to Just Because Ministries of Hope.

Just Because Ministries of Hope spokesperson Tino Hernandez said he couldn’t pass up the opportunity Thursday to make sure people his organization serves, know help will be available next month, too.

"Some of the same folks being helped here we'll help for Christmas as well," he said. "[It’s] very, very critical that we try to find people to help them, and as a community coming together, we can help a lot of people."

And those the organization serves includes homeless teens, military families and even those fighting cancer.

It’s something the Sebert family knows all too well. They’ve seen how far charitable giving can go in their hometown of Bastrop.

"We do as much as we can because I have a strong belief, you have to give in order to receive," Maria Serbet said.

Hernandez said he just wants to make sure there are even more volunteers to help provide groceries and inexpensive gifts for many of the same people who would otherwise not have any sort of holiday.

"Nothing. A lot of them will have nothing, absolutely nothing. There are homeless families, entire families, that will need help," Hernandez said.

For now, they enjoy Thanksgiving and all the warm food and pie that sits before them.

Hernandez said he expects as many as 500 families will need to be sponsored during the holidays.

If you're interested in donating, you can drop off any and all items in Round Rock at Hernandez Middle School, Dec. 16 between 6 and 9 p.m.

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