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Avondale couple serves free Thanksgiving feast, will continue daily breakfast for kids

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -  An Avondale couple is known best for serving free breakfast to children in the neighborhood, but this Thanksgiving, they're serving up a meal to those in need.

Earlier this year Christopher and Dorothy Rolle were worried they'd have to stop serving their free breakfast to kids before they head to school.

The Hamilton County School Systems called the bus stop at the Avondale Center dangerous, because children were often late and running across the streets.

But thanks to community support and working with city leaders, the couple says they're going to continue to serve, and not just breakfast, but also a Thanksgiving day meal.

"I'm thankful that we're still here because at the beginning of the school year we were to the wire, and I didn't know what we were going to do , I felt like we were going to have to shut it down."
     
But Chris and Dorothy Rolle are still cooking and will continue to serve free meals every morning.
     
The Rolle's are working with the city to get a crosswalk outside their home, so children can get on the bus safely each morning.

"Food draws them, and then we try to get them into a positive environment and let them know somebody cares about you," said Mr. Rolle.
     
For Thanksgiving dinner, they prepared 200 meals for anyone who stops by their Dodson Ave home.

"I didn't want to do this Thanksgiving thing today because we couldn't really afford it," Mr. Rolle said, "But as my wife always says we really can't afford not to do it because, you see the people already coming in."

The Rolle's said they found their calling in life and are grateful the community and city leaders are working together to keep their kitchen open.

"I just want to say thank you," said Mrs. Rolle, "Thank you thank you thank you!"

The Rolles' said what keeps them going is mostly community donations, and everything else they pay for out of pocket.
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