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Volunteers provide Thanksgiving dinner for 300 local families

Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Volunteers are pictured from left, Lowell Chesborough, Rosemary McDaniel, Jim Smith, Jim Burns, Rodger Nogaki, Ted Henley, Millie Blalock,  Jerry Kiernan, and Velma Kiernan. Not pictured: Doc Wester and Len Blalock.

Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Volunteers are pictured from left, Lowell Chesborough, Rosemary McDaniel, Jim Smith, Jim Burns, Rodger Nogaki, Ted Henley, Millie Blalock, Jerry Kiernan, and Velma Kiernan. Not pictured: Doc Wester and Len Blalock.

Struggling families in Gilchrist County do not have to wonder where their Thanksgiving dinner will come from. Each year the Gilchrist County Sheriff’s Volunteers organize a Thanksgiving food drive that provides turkey and all the trimmings to 300 local families.

Volunteers work for months to collect donations and secure food for the drive, and this year Millie Blalock said the Sheriff’s Volunteers focused their efforts on families with school age children and younger children. Trenton and Bell schools provided names of almost 200 families in need of support this Thanksgiving.

On Monday morning, vehicles came and went from the Sheriff’s Firing Range as families stopped by to pick up everything they would need for a Thanksgiving feast. Turkeys were purchased at Scaff’s at a discount and the Sheriff’s Volunteers purchased canned goods for the distribution with money that had been donated to them.

Sheriff’s Volunteers also delivered some 30 Thanksgiving dinners to families who were unable to drive to the firing range on Monday or Tuesday.

“We started with just a handful of people, and this food drive has grown tremendously over the years,” Mrs. Blalock said. “It’s great to be able to help local families who are struggling at Thanksgiving.”

By Carrie A. Mizell