Putting in “Overtyme” to give back

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The smell of turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberries, and fellowship filled Overtyme Bar and Grill. The restaurant hosted it’s annual “Taking Care of Each Other” project. The event was mainly for homeless men, women and families around the community

CEO of Overtyme, Charity Harris came up with the idea when she first opened Overtyme.

“We just decided that we wanted to do something to give back to the community,” Harris said. “To not just be a business, but to be able to give back to be people who are in need, this time of year.”

Volunteer, Alice Bailey said the most important thing to them is, “creating an atmosphere of love, and sharing to people who perhaps have not had that feeling all year.”

Several businesses and schools in the community showed their support and provided services to people in need. They offered free haircuts, blood pressure screenings and dental exams.

People like Vladimir Mills, who is homeless, are very grateful for their support.

“I thank god, for a place like this that’s helping to have more fellowship in the community with the homeless,” said Mills.

Harris says her favorite part about the project is seeing the people enjoy it.

“To see the people that we’re really helping. the ones who truly need and that we’re able to impact their lives and give back to them,” said Harris.

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Edna Ruiz joined the 41NBC news team in October of 2016. She was born and raised in Plant City, Florida. Edna graduated from the University of South Florida in May of 2016, majoring in Telecommunications with a focus in Broadcast News and a minor in Political Science. During her time at USF, she interned at Univision Tampa Bay, FOX 13 News and was the On-Air Promotions announcer for the New York Yankees during Spring Training. She was a USF Latino Scholar and a member of Alpha Delta Pi. She comes from a Mexican-American background and is fluent in Spanish. Although she’s very new to the area, she is excited to be serving the Middle Georgia community. Edna loves to meet new people and hear their stories. So, if you have a story idea or just want to say hi, feel free to reach out to her at eruiz@41NBC.com