Feed-A-Fam­ily pro­vides more than 440 Thanks­giv­ing food bas­kets

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GRA­SONVILLE — Feed-A-Fam­ily was a great suc­cess due to the many vol­un­teers who gave of their time, tal­ent and trea­sure to help their less for­tu­nate neigh­bors with a Thanks­giv­ing Day feast, ac­cord­ing to or­ga­nizer Bob­bie Bell.

“We had beau­ti­ful weather for a joy-filled week of hard work. Many thanks to our faith­ful donors who sup­ported us with items such as boxes from Vic­tory Pack­ag­ing, ta­bles from Ebb Tide Party and Tent Ren­tals, pro­duce from Low­ery’s Fresh Pro­duce and Farmer John’s,” Bell said. “We could not give tur­keys with­out the gen­eros­ity of RJH Air and Re­frig­er­a­tion and Jeff John­son for freezer trucks or bread with­out the help of Kent Is­land Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment’s Women’s Aux­il­iary and Wye of Carmichael Church.”

The Nar­rows Res­tau­rant also supplied a few hot meals for a Thanks­giv­ing Day de­liv­ery, she added.

The suc­cess of the pro­gram was com­mu­nity ef­fort, Bell said.

The Knights of Colum­bus of St. Christo­pher’s Church hauled ta­bles, pro­duce and school food drive do­na­tions to the de­liv­ery center. Many churches and sev­eral busi­nesses from Kent Is­land through Cen­tre­ville dis­played Tur­key Tags rep­re­sent­ing fam­i­lies re­quest­ing help with food.

Light­house Chris­tian Academy, Bay­side, Kent Is­land, Mat­a­peake, Gra­sonville and Cen­tre­ville el­e­men­tary schools, Kent Is­land High School and KIHS Annex and Stevensville Mid­dle all do­nated food for the pro­gram. Mate­peake Mid­dle School made a mon­e­tar y do­na­tion.

The work week in­cluded more than 100 folks at Youth Night Prep. Re­cep­tion of Fam­ily Boxes had dozens of peo­ple help­ing, and the 2016 De­liv­ery Day sent out about 50 vol­un­teers to 440 homes.

With the school food drive do­na­tions and abun­dance of fam­ily boxes, the com­mu­nity also helped two other Thanks­giv­ing pro­grams, The Back Pack Pro­gram, five lo­cal food pantries and two Christ­mas bas­ket pro­grams.

This year’s pro­gram was ded­i­cated to St. Teresa of Cal­cutta, hop­ing to ex­press our joy in help­ing others, Bell said.

PHO­TOS BY ZACHARY AARON PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

Vol­un­teers load Thanks­giv­ing food bas­kets for par­tic­i­pants in the Feed-A-Fam­ily pro­gram.

Kent Is­land Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment Women’s Aux­il­iary and Wye of Carmichael Church pro­vided bread for the Thanks­giv­ing bas­kets.

Para­phras­ing Mother Teresa, Feed-A-Fam­ily vol­un­teers strive to “do small things with great love.”

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