Thanksgiving Day is tomorrow and as many look forward to sitting down alongside family and loved ones to a table full of delectable entrees and sides, many won’t have that luxury.
For those who bear that reality in mind or those less fortunate, there are opportunities for a free, hot meal or foodstuffs provided by local individuals and organizations.
From 10-11 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, the Community Foundation of Washington County (CFWC) community holiday fund will be sponsoring a Thanksgiving drive-thru event at Hearty Helpings Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen, 749 Main Street.
Last year’s event took place at First United Methodist Church.
“Instead of having it at the church like we have the last two years, it will be a drive through event, kind of similar to what she (Pandora Redmon) does three days a week right now at the soup kitchen,” CFWC fund advisor Evelyn Edwards said. “We’re increasing the number of meals that we did last year because of the growing need in our area.”
Those who wish to make a monetary contribution to this endeavor can do so online by visiting the CFWC’s secure website, cfwashco.org or by mailing the contribution to the Community Foundation of Washington County, P.O. Box 5910, Greenville, MS 38704.
All donations to the CFWC should be made with “Community Holiday Fund” in the memo line.
Community member Chiconna Bowman is hosting a community-wide Thanksgiving Meal giveaway on tomorrow at Cee Bee’s Banquet Hall, 136 S. Walnut Street, across the street from Spectators.
The give-away is for the purpose of feeding those who are less fortunate or displaced because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Meals will be prepared and handed out the door, however, masks and social distancing will be required.
Bowman said the giveaway is one way of honoring her late father, Apostle Charles Bowman.
The CFWC recently announced that the Community Volunteer Collaborative had begun accepting applications for its Giving Tree Program, sponsored by the CFWC’s Community Holiday Fund.
The deadline for applications has been extended to Dec. 4.
The Community Volunteer Collaborative is accepting applications from Washington County residents who have children under 18 and are in need of holiday assistance through the Giving Tree program.
Giving Trees would usually be located in the Greenville City Hall and South Main Deli.
This year, however, those who wish to assist a family or a child, should contact Cynthia Hines at 662-537-1266.
Online donations can be made at the Foundation’s secure website, cfwashco.org, or by mailing a contribution to the Community Foundation of Washington, P.O. Box 5910, Greenville, MS 38704. All donations to the Community Foundation of Washington County need to have “Community Holiday Fund” in the memo line.
The Giving Tree Program Registration Checklist
* Washington County resident needing holiday assistance;
* Cold or children under the age of 18 only;
* Parents and/or legal guardians must register for their child or children;
* Share original birth certificate of each child via text message to 662-537-1266;
* Share original social security card of each child via text message to 662-537-1266;
* Share proof of income via text 662-537-1266, for example, check stub, SNAP benefits, social security benefits, unemployment security and/or child support
Hines is the contact person for this project and participants who might be interested in registering for the Giving Tree Program or have questions about the registration process must contact her at 662-537-1266.
The CFWC is encouraging those who may know individuals who meet the provided criteria to share the contact information and make them privy to this opportunity.