This is my friend Katie, the Thanksgiving Lady. Today she picked up 1,700 pounds of turkeys in a moving truck. Then she and a team of volunteers paired each of those turkeys with a full bag of food to create about 150 complete Thanksgiving meals for people in need.
This is the sixth year she has spearheaded the Thanksgiving Sharing meal drive through the Baranoff Elementary PTA. She and team of volunteers assemble and deliver the meals for families at Baranoff, and its sister school, Langford Elementary. They also meet all Thanksgiving meal needs for families and staff at Baranoff, and provide a full meal for each member of its custodial staff.
The program started small, several years ago, when a group of parents wanted to see if they could provide 25 Thanksgiving meals to families at their sister school. What began with a few parents delivering meals in the back of cars grew now involves renting a truck.
The majority of the meals are donated by classrooms at Baranoff, with additional meals sponsored by families, Scout groups, groups of neighbors, places of worship and local businesses. These “sponsors” receive a shopping list for 12 non-perishable items (and provide $15 to purchase a frozen turkey) or they can make an online donation of $40 and volunteers do the shopping
“It's really kids giving to kids,” says Katie. “It’s an easy way for families and parents to help their student understand that a few extra groceries in their basket can go to help other kids just like them.”
Thanks for doing the heavy lifting, Katie!