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Children eagerly waited throughout the afternoon Tuesday at the Boys and Girls Club. And they also had a hopeful wish.
“Are we having turkey?” they asked.
Thanksgiving decorations were all around as staff and board members served the children a traditional Thanksgiving meal. The children couldn’t stop smiling as they received a blessing in the form of food Tuesday.
“It’s that time of the year where we are thankful for so many things,” said Chon Ferrell, Boys and Girls Club executive director. “And for these kids, we don’t know if they’re going to go home and have a Thanksgiving dinner.”
This is the fifth year the Boys and Girls Club has held the special meal for the children and their families.
“I want these kids to realize we have a lot despite what they are going through, despite their situation or circumstances, they have a lot to be thankful for and the Boys and Girls Club appreciates them. “We are thankful for them and love them.”
While Boys and Girls Club leaders reached into their own pockets to purchase ham and other side items, another local business came to their rescue — the Wilson Country Club.
Ferrell said when she got the call that the country club was going to donate more than 80 pounds of turkey, homemade mashed potatoes and string beans, she fell to her knees.
“Thank you, Lord,” she said. “It was the one thing we weren’t going to have.”
She said while organizers knew they would have ham, she wanted the children to have turkey as well. And the agency was so grateful after the country club found a way to make the children’s Thanksgiving a little brighter.
“It shows that the things we are doing here at the club is reaching out to the community,” Ferrell said. “The community has actually seen the transition and the things we are doing here, and they are supportive. That just means the world to me, not only to donate the turkey but to donate the sides.”
After Wilson County Club General Manager Reid Hill and Chef William Tew delivered the food Tuesday evening, the children had something to tell them before they left.
“Thank you,” they yelled.
‘WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS’
Salvation Army Lt. Jake Law said there is nothing better than seeing the children and their families happy.
“Some of these kids don’t get turkey or ham or a traditional meal,” Law said.
The event also gives him a chance to reach out to the kids and their parents. Law said at the end of the day it’s about being a beacon of hope and shining a light to others.
“You see all these kids sitting here,” Law said. “The picture is worth a thousand words.”