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Livingston Thanksgiving legacy lives on in Bainbridge 40 years later

Posted at 3:48 AM, Nov 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-27 03:48:22-05

BAINBRIDGE, Ga. — Through the doors at Bainbridge Methodist Church, you can hear noise from volunteers
packing plates of food every Thanksgiving morning.

They're planning to deliver 430 people food all because of one man.

"My father started this in the late 80s," Founder's son Joe Livingston said. "He was anonymous for several years."

Joe Livingston said his father Mayo started this with one goal in mind.

"To make the world better, just a little better," Livingston said. "If he made this corner, this nugget of the world better, then he's done his job."

Joe said Mayo passed away in September, but his legacy lives in every volunteer, especially one man, who would say he's managing the operation.

"You got that right," Friend of Mayo Livingston Bennie Brookins said.

At age 95, Brookins said he's been volunteering since day one helping Joe's dad Mayo.

"He was a good friend of mine," Brookins said. "He wanted to do this so I was going to help him because I help everyone."

Even with the pandemic, volunteers were committed to making sure people in need got a Thanksgiving meal.

"We go to do this exactly the way we've always done this," Pastor First United Methodist Church Melissa Traver said. "We've always delivered. We've always had small groups of people come and spread out, so we were definitely committed to continuing to do it."

Livingston said his goal every Thanksgiving is to make one person's life better, even just for a day.

If you're in need of food on thanksgiving or want to volunteer, Livingston said you can reach out to First United Methodist Church in Bainbridge.