Thanksgiving Project will Feed 22,000

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More than 22,000 people in need will get to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner this year.  All because of the Judy Mason Thanksgiving Project.  Dozens of volunteers helped organize the food, Sunday afternoon.

"I'm already feeling the joy of doing it," said first time volunteer, Rosalind Blythe.

Over a hundred volunteers came together to pack boxes with classic Thanksgiving food items. 

"I've never volunteered for anything, and I've been blessed with so much.  And I always wanted to help somebody out,” said Blythe.

All of the food is purchased with donated money.  $25 pays for one box which feeds a family of five.

"It feeds over 20,000 people in our community that might night have otherwise had the opportunity to eat a good Thanksgiving meal," said volunteer, Jad Mason.

The boxes are distributed to 50 community organizations in Macon County.  Those groups then hand them out to families in need.

"It's not families that you would expect,” said project coordinator, Julia Livingston.  “It's, you know, people who have gone to school and gotten degrees and lost their jobs and can't, you know, get another job.  And there's lots of young families, you know, with children."

The project has been feeding families on Thanksgiving for 17 years.

"I'll be back next year, and the year after, and the year after," said Blythe.

The project doesn't plan to stop anytime soon.

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