Former Ram Isaac Bruce, volunteers help families with Thanksgiving dinner

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- Hundreds of families are now looking forward to a big Thanksgiving feast, thanks to volunteers from the St. Louis Dream Center and former St. Louis Ram Isaac Bruce.

“Over the course of time, we are going to end up blessing about 500 families,” said Pastor Alex Bryant, Director of the St. Louis Dream Center.

Neighbors signed up, in advance, and got all the fixing`s for a thanksgiving dinner.  Volunteers packed cars and baskets behind the St. Louis Dream Center Church in North St. Louis.  On Margaretta and Clarence Avenues, they worked in the rain along with former Rams wide receiver Isaac Bruce.  His foundation joined forces with the Dream Center two years ago.

“We just made that reconnection,” he said. “It’s perfect for what we do and what they do as well.”

Many more than 500 families tried to sign up for the donations.  Bruce acknowledged that the need in the neighborhood was great.

“It’s all about trying to make a dent in it and, down the road, just being a blessing to everyone that comes by.”

“I just recently acquired a job,” said client Gloria Butcher.  “So, God’s been good to me on that issue.  But, I’ve been out of work for awhile.”

“If it wasn’t for the Dream Center and God being with me to get this,” said Holmes Hall.  “Ain’t no telling what I would probably be doing.”

“Grandmothers, aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, nephews all living in the same house,” Bryant recalled what he has seen while personally visiting homes in the neighborhood.  “And, that’s a lot of mouths to feed.  And so, we are just trying to do what we can to help”

Bruce came to help North City.  Before he left, he issued this challenge.

“Come on out and do something.  You have a body.  You can walk.  You can move around.  Whatever you can do, come on out and be a part of it.”