Volunteers Are Delivering Thanksgiving Meals to those Facing Hardship, and Helping Those Less Fortunate Across Florida

Toby Hazlewood

Welcome acts of charity for those in need

This Thanksgiving, spare a thought for those who are unable to leave their homes due to disability, illness or a lack of transportation. Fortunately, a number of kind souls in cities across Florida are doing more than thinking of those less fortunate.

In the Tampa Bay area alone this week, over 2,000 Thanksgiving meals have been delivered to residents who are homebound and either cannot get out to shop for their holiday meal or who simply cannot afford it.

Thinking about somebody else for a change

This is the second year that the Meals on Wheels for Kids Holidays on Wheels Program has been run. A joint initiative between Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger, and Metropolitan Ministries the charitable initiative aims to deliver holiday meals to as many families in need as it can.

Speaking about their work and the need to think of others who are less fortunate, volunteer Sandi Pollpeter had this to say:

“It’s so easy to get wrapped up in yourself and what’s going on in your life, it’s just so nice to take a moment and think about somebody else,”

Good deeds across Florida

The same spirit of giving, and of helping others less fortunate is being demonstrated across the state as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches. In the Orlando area and across West Orange County, organisations ranging from food banks to churches and the Town of Oakland Police Department are all organizing collections of food or gift cards and distributing them to families in need.

In South Florida, the Team of Life charity and the Liberty Movement Ministry in West Palm Beach have raised sufficient money to provide Thanksgiving meals to an estimated 3,500 to 5,000 people who might otherwise have to go without.

It's truly heartwarming to see that in spite of the challenges that so many have faced this year, dealing with financial hardship and job losses, supply chain issues and the ongoing disruptions caused by the pandemic, many in Florida are still so charitable and motivated to selflessly help others.

Here's hoping that you and yours have a Happy Thanksgiving. What are you thankful for this year? Let me know in the comments section below.

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