Meals on Wheels feeds hundreds in Gibson Co.

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GIBSON COUNTY, Tenn. — Few things bring people together like a warm holiday meal, and that’s just what many in Gibson county were in need of on Thanksgiving. Dozens of volunteers were up at the crack of dawn Thursday morning packing Thanksgiving meals for the Gibson County Meals on Wheels program, meals that area senior citizens would not otherwise have. “A lot of them aren’t expecting this meal,” Bradford Mayor elect Ray Arnold said. “But when you give it to them, you just feel the love and joy out of their hearts.” For the past 23 years, Project Care has packed up turkey and all the fixings for hundreds. “It started with maybe 80 meals,” said Pam Dethloff with the Gibson County Office on Aging. “Now it’s grown to close to 400.” And it’s all thanks to the community coming together. “We have got someone from each town that volunteers to help us,” Dethloff said. “We couldn’t do it without everyone all over the county.” But in the end the volunteers say it’s all about connecting with those who wouldn’t otherwise see a friendly face on this special day. “This may be the only visit they receive all day on Thanksgiving,” Gibson County Mayor Tom Witherspoon said. “It’s a blessing to them.” Organizers say they expect to break their record this year by delivering more than 400 meals. All of the food for the meals is donated by businesses across the county.

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