Muskegon Heights residents take in Thanksgiving food, atmosphere at God’s Kitchen Along the Lakeshore

Dakari Longmire 8, right, and Marshaun Boyd 6, pass out utensils at the thanksgiving meal at God's Kitchen in Muskegon Heights on Nov. 26, 2014. (Tommy Martino | MLive.com)

Dakari Longmire 8, right, and Marshaun Boyd 6, pass out utensils at the thanksgiving meal at God’s Kitchen in Muskegon Heights on Nov. 26, 2014. (Tommy Martino | MLive.com)

By Tony Wittkowski | Reporter | MLive – Muskegon Chronicle

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, MI — Sandra Longmire has spent the last three years feeding the hungry at God’s Kitchen Along the Lakeshore.

On Wednesday, Nov. 26, the Muskegon resident was able to do more than that by spreading some holiday cheer with a bevy of Thanksgiving dishes.

“I enjoy doing what I’m doing. I love to cook,” Longmire said. “For some people, this (is their) first meal and maybe (their) last meal for the day.”

Several attendees arrived for the hour-long event, where they were served free food that included the normal Thanksgiving meal – turkey, stuffing, corn, coleslaw and apple pie.

The kitchen, which is held within the Sacred Heart Parish — located on 150 E. Summit Ave. — is open Monday through Thursday.

However, on those special holidays, Longmire said she tries to give returnees what she normally eats at home.

“It’s a gift. I love to see people happy,” she said. “It’s great to give back to the community. If I can do that, it’s the best thing in the world for me.”

Alexia Martinez, who attends Orchard View Middle School, has been volunteering her time at God’s Kitchen for almost two years now.

“I decided to come with my mom because I thought it would be a fun experience helping people,” Martinez said. “It’s fun to do and the people are nice.”

The 13-year-old wasn’t the only youngster helping out, as several family members of Longmire were helping by handing out soda and nutrition bars.

Among the crowd that was busy eating was Muskegon Heights resident George Williams, who said he comes out to God’s Kitchen Along the Lakeshore almost every day.

“They have good food here and they give you plenty to get you full,” he said. “This place does help people. They help people with food and clothing.”

Tony Wittkowski is a staff reporter at MLive Muskegon Chronicle. Email him at twittkow@mlive.com and follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on Nov. 27, 2014)

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