Project Annie Needs Help

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"I got to get my hams now, and cakes," said Annie Johnson.

For the past seven years she's opened her heart and her kitchen to needy families on the holidays.

"It gives me joy that I can make somebody else happy."

All year long she takes donations from the community. Then on the holidays she serves up a hearty meal to about 500 people.

"I say merry Christmas, have a hot meal, and that's as far as I go just make ‘em feel welcome."

Annie says the line is usually out the door and around the corner. Her biggest fear this year is having to turn people away because of the lack of donations.

"They're not where they should be. It's very sad that somebody's showing up thinking that they're gonna get a hot meal, and have to be turned away."

Dan Sowuhl is the pastor at East Hill Baptist Church which helps Annie through volunteers and donations. He's hoping for more support from the community.

"I encourage everybody to take part any way they can to really make a difference so people can know what Christmas really means."

Annie is still hopeful saying even the smallest donations could make the biggest difference. If you'd like to donate money or food, you can drop off donations between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. everyday.

The location is 625 West Fourth Avenue in Frenchtown.