Project Care feeds hundreds for Thanksgiving
GIBSON COUNTY, Tenn. — Few things bring people together like a warm meal during the holidays and that’s exactly what many in Gibson County were given this 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. “It’s the most thankful holiday of the year, Thanksgiving and it’s for everyone to get together,” Bradford Mayor Ray Arnold said. For the 24th year more than 300 meals headed out on the road, delivered to the doors of those in need.
“There are a lot of senior citizens that are home alone for Thanksgiving for various reasons that are unable to spend time with their family,” Pam Dethlof with the Gibson County Office on Aging said. “We want them to know they’re not forgotten.” Project Care volunteers went door to door across the county passing along the meal with some Thanksgiving cheer. “I got hugs from people and I saw tears in their eyes,” Gibson County Sheriff Paul Thomas said. “These are people that otherwise wouldn’t have a visitor or a hot meal to eat.” With every resident this program helps organizers said it’s one less person left alone on such a thankful day. “Some of their families may live off and they’re not able to cook that big meal,” Dethloff said. “So we’re just blessed to be able to serve it for them.” Organizers say they expect to break their record this year by delivering more than 350 meals. All of the food for the meals is donated by businesses across Gibson County.