Hundreds of families can look forward to enjoying Thanksgiving in a couple of weeks after picking up bags of food Saturday. Local group Take the City collected food all week long. Saturday, they passed out meals around the community, including Wilson Apartments.
Viola Gardner has a family of six. Gardner calls Take the City’s initiative a personal blessing.
“I hope that people can come out and help and support other people like us so it gives us hope and a blessing to look forward to,” Gardner told News Three’s Brennan Reh. “And not just on holidays.”
Gardner says the food will go a long way this holiday season.
“A lot of us don’t have a lot so it helps to add more to the table this year,” Gardner explained.
Wilson Apartments received about 70 bags full of spam, macaroni and cheese, cranberries and more. Each bag of food estimates to feed a family of four, one Take the City representative said.
Betty Smith teaches the youth bible study at Wilson Apartments. She says Take the City’s involvement in the community provides a motivational spark for the area.
“It’s a blessing that God touched somebody heart to come and do something nice for the residents over here,” Smith said.
Volunteers prayed with each family that picked up a bag of food. The volunteers come together once a month to engage residents in different activities, but Take the City stopped by Wilson Apartments for the first time ever. The apartments are one of ten locations where Take the City passes out meals to hungry families. The group hopes to feed 1,500 people this Thanksgiving holiday.