Thanks­giv­ing bas­kets given to lo­cal fam­i­lies in need

Serve Daily - - EMPOWERING LIBERTY - By Ali­son Nor­man

It was a very happy Thanks­giv­ing for some very de­serv­ing fam­i­lies in our com­mu­nity. Thanks to Tabitha’s Way and some lo­cal busi­ness part­ners, more than 320 tur­key bas­kets were handed out at the Veterans Me­mo­rial Build­ing in Span­ish Fork on Satur­day, Nov. 19. The Amer­i­can Fork Tabitha’s Way also handed out tur­key bas­kets. This will feed more than 1,280 peo­ple a Thanks­giv­ing din­ner who may not have had one.

Vouch­ers for tur­key bas­kets were handed out through Nebo, Provo and Alpine school dis­tricts, WIC, Moun­tain­land Head­start, DCFS and Prom­ise. They were given to fam­i­lies in need. In or­der to get a tur­key bas­ket, in­di­vid­u­als had to pro­vide a voucher and a pic­ture ID.

Vol­un­teers start­ing ar­riv­ing as early as 8 a.m. to help get ta­bles set up and or­ga­nized the food so it would be ready by the time fam­i­lies started ar­riv­ing at 12:30 p.m.

Fam­i­lies were greeted where they showed their voucher and pic­ture ID; they then sat in chairs un­til a vol­un­teer was ready to help them col­lect their food. Vol­un­teers and fam­i­lies then walked around the ta­bles and put the cans of food in a bag. When ev­ery­thing was col­lected, the vol­un­teer then helped the fam­ily out to their car, then came in and helped an­other fam­ily.

All bas­kets were 100 per­cent do­nated. Bas­kets in­cluded a tur­key, a dis­pos­able roast­ing pan, cranberry sauce, yams, corn, green beans, in­stant pota­toes, stuffing, gravy pack­ets, rolls and a choice of pumpkin, sugar-free ap­ple or sweet potato pie. They also in­cluded some recipes.

There were many feel­ings when you walked into the Veterans Me­mo­rial Build­ing on Satur­day. The vol­un­teers were ex­cited to greet each fam­ily. They sin­cerely wanted to help those fam­i­lies who were in need. The fam­i­lies that came in were grate­ful that some­one cared enough to want to help them out for Thanks­giv­ing.

Vol­un­teers Bob, Cindy and their grand­daugh­ter Ri­lighey, age 13, said they love do­ing this ev­ery year and it’s amaz­ing to see all the peo­ple.

In De­cem­ber, Tabitha’s Way will be serv­ing a Christ­mas din­ner for fam­i­lies in need. Each child un­der the age of 18 will re­ceive a gift. Vol­un­teers are needed to help with the din­ner. If you would like to vol­un­teer, email Melissa Prins at melissa@tabithasway.org.

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