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Officials serve up helpings of hope
Holiday meal feeds hundreds
Dorothy Tam pours drinks during a Christmas meal Wednesday atTam's Backstage restaurant in Cumming. - photo by Autumn McBride
It’s been called the most wonderful time of the year, but for many Christmas can also be a sad occasion to reflect on misfortune. Forsyth County Commissioner Brian Tam and Cumming Mayor H. Ford Gravitt, along with several local volunteers, wanted to make sure those experiencing difficult times still have some Christmas cheer.“The season is for giving,” said Gravitt during a holiday meal he helped arrange Wednesday. “Certainly, we want to be thankful for what we have ... we have been fortunate to have an abundance of things that maybe [less] fortunate people were unable to have, and it’s just a pleasure to be a help.”More than 200 local senior citizens, children and families were served a Christmas meal at Tam’s Backstage restaurant.Among the servers were Tam’s three children, community volunteers and officials, including incoming Forsyth County Board of Education member Kristin Morrissey.Community Connection Executive Director Nicole McCoy, who organized the event, described it as a family meal.“It’s a really fantastic opportunity for families to have a positive experience that they might not otherwise have, particularly during this hard holiday season,” she said.