Recent VCU graduate organizes feast in Chesterfield

By Rachel DePompa - bio | email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Jasmine Gore was frustrated. She had just graduated from VCU with two degrees but was unable to find a job to use her skills. That's when she began to wonder what it was like for people with a family also looking for work during these tough economic times.

This is the first Thanksgiving Byron Terry's spend with people in 10 years.

"I'm trying to get back on my feet, trying to get a job. you know, trying to keep god on my side," he said.

Two months ago he lost his job and ended up on the streets of Hopewell.

"This is really surprising. shocked and everything, kinda happy that I have somebody that really cares," said Byron.

This year, that someone who cares is Jasmine Gore. She turned her frustrations over a job search into a feast.

"I want to make sure people remember that we're not individuals here. People think that they are all alone right now who are struggling but we're all one community," said Gore.

Jasmine reached out to the community; gathered donations, enough food to feed 100 people. She eventually called Doug and Cheryl Camden from the Village Grill in Chester.

"I think god brought us all together with jasmine calling's opened our eyes up we're combining as two churches," said Camden.

Doug and Cheryl are part of the Warriors For Christ Motorcycle Ministry. Ron Walton is their pastor.

"I think it's awesome! Especially getting two churches that are so diversified together to help people because that's what Jesus tells us to do," he said.

Petersburg bused in a few from the Salvation Army shelter. They fed low income families and even people who had to work and couldn't be home. An eclectic group, grateful for a chance to give thanks together.

"We've got to make sure that we're watching out for one another and that these people that are coming here might be our cable man might be our electrician, maybe the farmer," said Jasmine Gore.

Or maybe a very grateful Byron Terry. "I thank God for this. I wish I could be able to bless somebody else when I'm on my feet."

On this day Jasmine is thankful for her family and the dozens of people in Petersburg and Chesterfield who made this feast possible.

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