"I know what it's like to not have food. I grew up with very little. I didn't want anyone else to feel what I felt....feeling hungry," Terry Alexander said.
The need became too great and Terry had to open up a warehouse to continue feeding people.
In 1993, she opened the Loving Hands Foods Bank and today she feeds more than 1,500 people each and every week.
"Loving Hands has done a lot for me and my family. Terry helped us with Christmas gifts and food when we need it," Cathi Williams, who now volunteers at Loving Hands, said.
Terry truly lives her life to help others but last July she was forced to take some time for herself.
"I was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2011. They advised me the best thing to do was a double mastectomy. So I went along with it. You hear about it but you don't know until you've been there," Terry said.
Terry had several complications and was forced to spend months away from the food bank.
"With me being gone for the length of time I was, the money depleted."
And Terry is now struggling to keep her doors open.
"We don't want to turn anyone away. I don't want to see Loving Hands close because I got breast cancer," Terry said.
So now the people, the families she has touched and helped for so many years are trying to raise money in hopes of helping Terry get back on her feet, keep her doors open and families fed.
"With all the years she has put into Loving Hands, she's done this for many, many years for people to give back to [to her] and get her back on her feet, it's awesome," says Williams.
It's been a long, hard fight but Terry is now cancer free.
If you would like to help her and the Loving Hands Food Bank-click here: http://www.indiegogo.com/TerrysLovingHands
Or visit the Facebook page that has been set up for her: http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/405330089529543/
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