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Over 700 local families receive food for Thanksgiving

Second Harvest of the Big Bend holds food giveaway
Posted at 6:43 AM, Nov 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-25 06:43:09-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.(WTXL) — Leon County is ranked the third hungriest county in the state.

Above that is Gadsden and Madison County.

Second Harvest of the Big Bend is trying to change that.

The non-profit says the holiday season is a perfect opportunity to continue the fight.

"It gon' be good because I have this for Thanksgiving and I don't have to think about buying now...so next week...I already have my turkey for Thanksgiving," said Alex Burney.

Alex Burney is one of close to 700 families that stopped by Godby High School Saturday.

Picking up all the fixings for this Thanksgiving.

The big need is why ABC 27 started the turkey drive, teaming up with Second Harvest to help make all this possible.

"We are making sure that five hundred plus families in our community who otherwise would not have a Thanksgiving...are equipped with all the food necessary to celebrate this great holiday as a family," said Monique Ellsworth, Second Harvest of the Big Bend CEO.

Second Harvest says this year they've had more donations than ever.

Ruthie Netterville says she appreciates the donations because it shows the community takes care of each other.

"I think this is a very, very good thing. We should do this more often. I love people...I love my children and our senior citizens," said Ruthie Netterville.

Big Bend athletes like Keyshawn Helton say giving, is part of what makes the holiday season so great.

"That's what life is about. It's about helping out the ones who may not have it. That makes my Thanksgiving a lot better...makes me feel better...just coming out and giving to other people," said Keyshawn Helton, FSU Wide Receiver.

Those like Burney, thank a higher power.

This is the sixth year ABC 27 has done the turkey drive.

We've nearly doubled the amount of turkeys we collected in 2017.