CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Pastor Brenda Stevenson is at it again -- giving away free meals and hams on Easter Sunday.
Pastor Stevenson has carried out the tradition of serving meals and giving away food at New Outreach Christian Center in the Hoskins Mill neighborhood for 30 years.
She is well-known in Charlotte for making pleas before major holidays, for help feeding the crowds that come to her door.
One year she received a thousand donated hams. For Thanksgiving and Christmas last year, she served 1,500 and 1,700 meals, respectively. All of it is donated -- some at the last minute. She said God always provides.
This Easter, she gave away 50 hams -- along with nearly 200 meals. Another 200 meals were taken to Edwin Towers for senior citizens there.
Stevenson said the meals are the church's way of reaching out to the community on Easter Sunday, but the hams will help families with children during Spring Break. It's her way of extending care past the holidays.
"Not just Easter," she said, "a day after. School is out, so the children have food to eat."
Many of those families rely on free lunches at school to ensure children get at least one hot, nutritious meal per day.
One volunteer who drops by occasionally to help is marketing strategist Heather Head. She sometimes brings her three young boys, and sometimes children of friends. The church always finds some way for the little ones to help.
Head said she just decided to drop in one Christmas morning a few years ago, and had so much fun volunteering that she comes back every once in a while to help.
She even went home from Easter dinner Sunday and set up a new way for community members to volunteer: a donation site on Amazon. She linked it to the church's website.
Once again, God has provided for Pastor Brenda -- with a little help from the internet.
Stevenson is humble about the donations and her long tradition of service.
"That's what we do, and people help me," she said. "I couldn't do it without the church people helping me."