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The Open Door Biker Church in Sulphur. (Special to the American Press)<br>

The Open Door Biker Church in Sulphur. (Special to the American Press)

The Open Door Biker Church in Sulphur prepares dinner care packages for Thanksgiving. (Special to the American Press)<br>

The Open Door Biker Church in Sulphur prepares dinner care packages for Thanksgiving. (Special to the American Press)

Open Door Biker Church in Sulphur nourishes bodies, souls

Last Modified: Monday, January 28, 2013 10:20 AM

By Natalie Stewart / American Press

SULPHUR — A little church in Sulphur is doing big things to help meet the needs of local people.

The Open Door Biker Church, 423 W. Burton St., has been feeding the homeless and needy in Sulphur for about a year, Pastor Vince Guidry said.

“This all started when we saw that there was a need in the community and people that didn’t have food,” he added. “We just decided that we would start feeding people during the day to see how it went and it just grew from there.”

Guidry said he wasn’t aware of how great a need there was in the community until the church started providing meals to people.

“I was surprised at how many people actually come, and they all say how thankful they are that we provide food for them,” he said. “One gentleman had been eight days without a decent meal; he had very little and saw that we were feeding people so he came and started eating with us.”

Guidry said once people start eating at the church they return and want to help feed others as well.

“This man now comes and eats with us and helps give back. That’s amazing,” he added. “It’s really awesome to see that people that didn’t have a meal are getting one and then they are turning around and helping someone else out.”

Guidry said the church serves anywhere from 20-30 people a day.

The church serves lunch Monday-Friday beginning at 11:30 a.m.

“Not only has the response from the people that we feed been great, but it’s been great from the community as well,” Guidry said. “The city has really been behind us and helpful to us, and so have several local churches and schools. It’s really awesome to see all these people coming together for the betterment of the people in this community.”

Guidry said the church is accepting donations, and they are currently in need of meat for “food boxes.”

He said the church provides people who need food with boxes that include canned goods and meat so that they can provide their family with three to four meals.

Donations can be made at the church or monetary donations can be mailed to the church.

Mayor Chris Duncan and the Sulphur City Council honored Guidry and his wife Bridget as volunteers of the month at the January council meeting.

For more information on the program, contact the Open Door Church at 527-7007.

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