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Woman feeds others by the hundreds

Posted December 25, 2008
Updated March 9, 2009

— A Garner woman single-handedly cooked enough meals this Christmas to feed 200 people.

“I've never really seen a stranger,” Barbara Tart said.

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Tart says she likes to spend her Christmas feeding anyone who wants a meal.

“Everybody is given a gift and mine was to cook and to feed people,” Barbara Tart said.

For six years, Tart has cooked Christmas meals with food that is mostly donated.

Her daughter, Roxanne, helps serve the meals.

“We've had people come downtown and stop, driving brand new Cadillacs and Mercedes and they get out and get in line,” Roxanne Tart said.

The Tarts say it is their calling to do this. They wants others to feel like they are family.

The Tarts are “very cordial people. Somebody who you don't mind shaking their hand,” Herb Liebsch said as he took part in the Christmas dinner.

When the Tarts run out of mouths to feed in one spot, they find another. They packed up food and traveled to Moore Square in Raleigh Thursday to feed a new group of people.

Cooking this much food isn't unusual for Barbara Tart. She says she cooks for 100 people every week and feeds them in Moore Square on Sunday afternoons.


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  • blackdog Dec 26, 2008

    I would definitely like to read more stories like this.

    .....just imagine if love was infectous.....because it can be.

  • blondchk4 Dec 26, 2008

    How wonderful of her to be so generous.

  • celong Dec 26, 2008

    I wish we saw more stories like this. Reading about her gives you hope for our world.

  • garden Dec 26, 2008

    That was not an easy task for this lady to do. The clean up alone is a burden. God bless her.

  • TeresaBee Dec 26, 2008

    Amazing woman.

  • boomylar Dec 26, 2008

    what an angel

  • CaryCrazzy Dec 26, 2008

    Good for her. glad to know there's still people like her.

  • diwanicki Dec 26, 2008

    What a sweet thing to do. It was nice to read this.

  • Anne N Dec 26, 2008

    This is just sooo sweet of her to do. There is a special place in heaven for her.

  • skinnycow Dec 26, 2008

    You dont read to many stories like this, ever. I think it is awesome. Most times during the Holiday season folks tend to get more selfish and more greedy. After reading all the gloom and doom stories, this was great to read.