Today, about 700 Thanksgiving dinners will be delivered to people who would not otherwise have a special meal, thanks to a host of volunteers who worked last night and will continue this morning.
About 80 volunteers helped cook and clean up afterward as turkeys, dressing and the sides were prepared at Statesboro High School, said organizer Robin Bradford.
Actually, Bradford took over this year when health issues with former organizers threatened to shut the project down.
Jimmy Anthony has been feeding the hungry Thanksgiving dinner for more than 20 years now, said Kevin Dick, who works for Anthony and became involved with the efforts through him. Anthony provides the food for the meals.
He also has always been involved in the organization, but when health matters arose for him and for several other former key players in the efforts, “This year we had decided to stop,” Dick said. “But Robin didn’t want to give up.”
The number of people served are down, with only about 700 being fed this year, where there are up to 3,500 meals served in years past, he said.
But with the last-minute volunteers and Bradford’s rallying, the efforts were kept alive.
“I’ve only been volunteering for four years,” she said. “When I thought about it not taking place, I thought it wouldn’t take much effort to get it in place. The funds were there.”
Dick said he believes a renewed spirit and a fresh batch of people willing to dedicate themselves will revive the project. “We’ll get it back to the former level next year,” he said.
Networking online, spreading the word and a call for volunteers raised nearly 80 people willing to help, but Bradford said there is room for more and people wanting to help should show up at Statesboro High School this morning, ready to help deliver food.
“And, we have plenty of food to feed anyone else that calls,” she said. “They can call up until 3 p.m. tomorrow.”
Bradford can be reached at (912) 596-9542.