As people are giving thanks later this week, many are also giving back.
People across our area are helping provide Thanksgiving meals for those in need.
UBU Gospel Entertainment and Blue Ridge Towers, along with the help of community donations, are hoping to provide Thanksgiving dinner for about 40 families in need.
“You’ll get a turkey,” said Antonio Hash, owner of UBU Gospel Entertainment. “They’ll get stuffing. They’ll get green beans. They’ll get greens. They’ll get yams.”
Dozens of boxes are in the process of being filled with food – pretty much everything you might find on a Thanksgiving table.
For Hash, the cause is personal.
“At one time in my life, I wasn’t always in the position to where we always had,” Hash said. “Let’s provide the meals for the families so they can take them to their homes; they can share the value of prepping a meal with your family.”
About 20 people gathered on Sunday to sort through donations and fill dozens of boxes with food. It will all be distributed on Tuesday, Hash said.
“I come from a church community of givers,” said Anthony Smith, founder and president of Blue Ridge Towers. “I come from a family of givers. And as a businessman, I want to give. So it feels great.”
“You never know when somebody has hard times,” said Mauricia Plummer, who volunteered to help fill boxes with food. “I always feel that if you pay it forward, you never know when your blessing will come.”
The organizations are still collecting donations of food items and monetary donations to help pay for the meals. Turkeys, greens and non-perishable foods are most needed, Hash said.
They are also looking to accommodate more families in need, he added.
If you or a family you know is in need of a Thanksgiving dinner, or if you would like to donate, you can contact UBU Gospel Entertainment on Facebook or visit the organization’s website by clicking here.