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Khalilah Hamlett, founder of 252 Black Wall Street, said Sunday’s networking event has a dual focus to promote local businesses and feed the hungry this Thanksgiving.
“My organization, 252 Black Wall Street, is sort of a networking circuit, advertising marketing for small businesses local to Wilson,” Hamlett said. “I wanted to have another networking event where it could be a shopping event to get the consumers to know that small businesses are here and get them to shop locally for the holidays.”
Entry fee for the event, “Together We Can: Giving Back for the Holidays,” will be canned goods and nonperishable food items. Vendor slots are available at the event.
“While doing this event, I thought it would be awesome to give back to the community while we were trying to get to know the community as well,” Hamlett said.
Hamlett spoke with Candy Taylor at the New Christian Food Pantry and told her she wanted to hold a food drive and would love to donate all the goods to Taylor’s organization.
“I just sort of put both events together to try to do something great for the community,” Hamlett said.
Hamlett said 25% of sponsorships she receives from businesses will go to the food pantry.
The event is planned from 2-6 p.m. Sunday at the Darden Alumni Center, 1600 Lipscomb Road E.
“There are plenty of families that need help during this tough season,” Hamlett said. “There are a lot of organizations doing toy drives, but I just really think it is very important that we feed families during the holidays.”
Hamlett encourages folks to bring things that can go with a holiday meal.
“I want things that people can cook for the holidays, like canned goods, some cornbread, stuffing, even some veggies, sweet potatoes, things for pies that people could use immediately.”
“Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, and I just want to make sure everyone enjoys it as much as I do,” Hamlett said. “I do not want anyone to go hungry this Thanksgiving.”
For more information, call Hamlett at 252-251-5312 or email her at email@example.com.