WCQR Radio Station in Gray and Second Harvest Food Bank in Kingsport reached their goal of providing 5,500 Thanksgiving boxes to residents of East Tennessee, 460 of which were distributed to families in Hancock County this past Saturday.
Each box came complete with turkey, dessert and all the fixings for a complete traditional meal.
It took a cooperative effort to get them over the mountain and distribute them.
Second Harvest was tasked with allotting the dinners between their participating agencies in the upper 8 county area.
Jubilee Project, a Hancock County Ministry took on the job of signing up residents and handing out slips which allowed them to participate.
The Rogersville based Of One Accord Ministry, which also operates in Hancock County, provided the two truck to get the meals from Second Harvest, get them over the mountain and unloaded them.
“But it takes a complete effort which includes the Rescue Squad and Sheriff’s Department for traffic control, county elected officials come to put meals in cars that are lined up for a quarter mile waiting their turn,” said Of One Accord director Sheldon Livesay. “One elected official stated, ‘it was our blessing today to be able to come and load these dinners and wish our neighbors a genuine Happy Thanksgiving! It's a sight that warms your heart’.”
Livesay expressed deep gratitude to each donor, to WCQR and Second Harvest on behalf of both those that helped with this distribution and those residents receiving these Thanksgiving meals.
Livesay noted, "The average income for these recipient families is a bare bones $600 a month. Donors can rest assured their gifts were greatly needed and appreciated. Livesay ended by stating "We work with these agencies from around our region and we know they could equally relay some of the same stories during their distributions.