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Cumming couple feeds hospital staff with the help of faith and BBQ

Socks' Love Barbecue cooks 100 meals, after couple raises $1500 through their church.

CUMMING, Ga. — Cumming residents Gina and Paul Strickland used their faith and love for local businesses to give back to their community this week.

Gina, a currently out-of-work hairdresser, says that she knew there was more that she could be doing while staying at home due to COVID-19.

"We have a Facebook group at Mountain Lake Church, and I just posted in there would anyone like to donate money to feed staff at Northside Forsyth," explained Gina.

Through their church, the couple was able to raise close to $1500 in a matter of days with donations from dozens of church members. That's when the pair decided if they would use the money to support not only hospital staff, but a beloved Forsyth BBQ restaurant.

"We said if we're going to do this, we need to do it right. So we gave the money to Socks' Love Barbecue to make 100 meals," said Gina.

The Stricklands also devoted a portion of the funds raised to cover a tab at Socks' Love for local first responders.

"Now, more than ever, we need to lean on our faith. Without the support of our church community, that small deed wouldn't have been possible," added Gina.

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