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Operation Shoestring Provides Hundreds of Thanksgiving Dinners to Needy Families

By Lawayne Childrey | Published 20 Nov 2012 06:05pm | comments
Operation Shoestring handed out 270 Thanksgiving dinners in Jackson Tuesday, November 20, 2012

More than 270 Central Mississippi families will have a warm dinner on their tables this Thanksgiving due to the kindness of strangers and  volunteers with Operation Shoestring. MPB's Lawayne Childrey has more.

 

Inside the warehouse of Operation Shoestring in Jackson volunteers are filling the boxes that will help feed dozens of needy families.

 

This Thanksgiving marks the 44th anniversary of the faith based community organization. Over the years the group has supplied thousands of needy families with everything needed to prepare a warm thanksgiving meal.

 

"Macaroni and Cheese, juice, rolls a ham and some giblet gravy and some cranberry sauce."

"What a blessing huh?"

"Yes sir surely is."

 

This year, Princess Johnson is glad to see that tradition continue. Johnson works as a dry cleaning specialist in Jackson. She says between  rent,  utilities, and other unforeseen expenses, she doesn't always have enough money to make ends meet let alone feed her family a delicious well balanced meal during the holidays.

 

"Every little bit helps and I appreciate what they did for me. It's hard for people to get things and you know if you're in need it's good for to get support from people."

 

The Operation Shoestring Thanksgiving food distribution is made possible because of community food donations and financial support. Robin Walker, Communications Director for the program says their main goal is to make sure as many families as possible  have an enjoyable Thanksgiving.

 

"These are families that we know , have relationships with who are really in and might not otherwise may a warm thanksgiving meal on their table to get their family together and appreciate."

 

In addition to distributing Thanksgiving meals,  operation Shoestring also provides afterschool programs for children, character development initiatives for teens and life-skills workshop for families. Walker says the group believes that by teaching children and inspiring families the community will rise together. Lawayne Childrey, MPB.



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