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On Wednesday, the food was flying off of the shelves at Helping Hand in Myrtle Beach.

Bruce Kohler was one of the people waiting in line for food.

"Meat, milk and stuff and bread, with my budget I just can't live without," said Kholer.

Kohler says he used to volunteer at Helping Hand, but he has recently fallen on hard times.

Kholer says he has lived in the area for two decades, but had an accident at work that put him on disability.

He will be hundreds of miles away from his family during the holidays, but says he feels a sense of belonging at Helping Hand.

"It's hard to be away from family and everything, my mother she is getting old. They have thanksgiving dinner here. Which helps out a lot, you know, for the spirit," he said.

Bags were packed with holiday food like turkeys and stuffing, but not too long ago it was a different story, said Associate Director of Helping Hand, Tina Shuppy.

"Just a week or two weeks ago we were in that situation people were looking in their bag and saying is this all you have? And yes it is all that we have," said Shuppy.

She says Helping Hand feeds around 2000 people every month and when it is not the holiday season they struggle.

"Need just doesn't know a holiday. It doesn't know a day or a year or a week; people are in need every day of the year," said Shuppy.

Kholer says he does not know what he would do without Helping Hand. He says the work they do is a tremendous asset to the community.

"Myrtle Beach would be lost without this place," he said.

If you are interested in donating or volunteering with Helping Hand you can visit their website: http: http://www.helpinghandofmyrtlebeach.com/

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