With Thanksgiving just a week away, families are preparing their kitchens for a day full of cooking. But what about those who cannot afford to put a meal on the table?
One Macon group is trying to make sure nobody spends the day hungry by handing out free collard greens and produce Sunday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Pentecostal Temple off Anthony Road.
Gregoery Hill says Thanksgiving means cooking up a meal with his family.
“Collard greens, you know, greens, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, produce for the holidays, you know, is a must,” says Hill.
But he says that is not the case for everyone.
“I’ve been here since 2000, and since I’ve been here, I’ve seen that Macon’s conglomerated with a lot of homeless people,” says Hill.
Hill says he knows of people in the area who are not able to put a meal on the table for Thanksgiving, so he says it is a real blessing that a local group is working to make sure that isn't the case this year.
“If you have something to give, you should. Your blessings come from giving anyway,” says Hill.
Giving is exactly what Tumyra Byron says ONE South Community Development Corporation is trying to do by giving out all sorts of fresh produce in south Macon.
“The nearest grocery store is about 5 five miles away, and for someone who's been living in the neighborhood for over 30 or 40 years, they may not have the transportation,” says Byron.
Just like a plant, it seems like the feeling of gratefulness is growing throughout the community because of the work this group is doing.
“It's a blessing to have people caring enough to come out and give free food,” says Charles Ellington. He says this group is demonstrating the true meaning of Thanksgiving.
“The way we can be thankful by showing thanks for one another,” says Ellington.
Both Ellington and Hill say, along with coming together as a neighborhood, they are excited to get their hands on some delicious greens.
“It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without the collards,” says Hill.
Byron says they are still looking for volunteers to prepare baskets and hand them out. If you are interested in volunteering, click this link.