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Gobble Gobble Give brings together downtown businesses to serve the hungry

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Cooks, bartenders and musicians were among the volunteers to deliver meals to the needy. (WSMV) Cooks, bartenders and musicians were among the volunteers to deliver meals to the needy. (WSMV)

Downtown cooks, bartenders and musicians were among the many volunteers Thursday combining efforts to feed the hungry.

Gobble Gobble Give is in its third year in Nashville with local businesses working to cook and deliver meals to the homeless and others less fortunate.

Organizers said they served nearly 4,300 meals Thursday.

Tommy McNeill's the bartender at Big Shots with the superhero tattoos.

"Iron Man, Batman, Captain America, Superman," laughed Tommy McNeill, showing the tattoos down his arm. "I'm a comic book nerd. Superheroes help people, so why can't I?"

"Thank you," said a man behind a hotel door, taking a Thanksgiving meal from McNeill. "I appreciate it, man."

"Aw, no, man, it's our pleasure," McNeill replied. "Have a good Thanksgiving, man."

"We're with Gobble Gobble Give," McNeill said, knocking on another door at the hotel. "We've got some Thanksgiving dinner for you guys."

Once McNeill was out of meals to give out, it was back to Piranha's downtown to pick up more. There, a cook from Paradise Park was on the grill, while workers from places like Wild Beaver, Big Shots and Piranha's boxed up treys to go out.

"It's good to do something like this where we get to give back to the people who can't do the things that we do," said McNeill, walking a few more meals toward another hotel.

In addition to seeking out the homeless, organizers with Gobble Gobble Give said they talk to hotel managers about who may be in need of a good meal.

"They get the room numbers together and then that's when all us volunteers come out," said McNeill. "There's just 10 of us here, but there's hundreds at Piranha's and everywhere else."

The effort mattered to some who've experienced a hard Thanksgiving before.

"I've been homeless a few times out here," said William Bellamy. "I know what it's like. Sometimes you dig through trash cans because it's literally that bad."

"You don't know people's situations, and we're just lucky we're in a situation where we can provide," said McNeill. "People who didn't know they were getting a meal, didn't know we were coming. It's definitely great seeing the surprise on people's face of them getting that Thanksgiving meal they might not have got."

"It makes me kinda smile on the inside, y'know," said Bellamy.

"I'm not a superhero because it's not just about one man," laughed McNeill. "I'm just kidding! We're very fortunate we get to help others out."

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