The annual Thanksgiving Food Drive kicked off last week with members of the St Joseph Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution bringing in donations at their October meeting

The annual Thanksgiving Food Drive kicked off last week with members of the St Joseph Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution bringing in donations at their October meeting. The generous members have pledged to make this a part of their annual program.

Coastal Community Association of South Gulf County has an annual Thanksgiving Food Drive for the Gulf County Food Bank.

There are over 400 families in Gulf County that depend on the Food Bank to eat each day. As hard as that is to believe in America, unfortunately it is true, and you can make a difference to help fill the food pantry and make sure no one in Gulf County goes hungry on Thanksgiving.

How do these needy families break down?

What does Johanna White have to say about the clients that are served at the Food Bank?

“Ninety-percent of our recipients are either elderly and/or disabled; 5 percent have problems keeping a job or physically not able to work but they try to make just enough money to pay their utilities bills and meet other personal needs."

One of the many personal stories is as follows:

“Grandmother who is 82 years old raising her three grandchildren with one of them disabled. He was in a 4-wheeler accident about three years ago and had to have both legs amputated. She has to take him back and forth to Birmingham for medical treatment. Many times, she’s not able to come to the food pantry on her designated day but when she comes we prepare a nice food box for her. Each time, she expresses her gratitude for the food, usually with tears in her eyes, she tells me time and time over how thankful and blessed that we have the food pantry. She lives on a very limited income that is not enough to sustain an extra three mouths to feed, but she does without in order to make ends meet. My hopes are that she lives long enough to see her grandchildren grown and that someone in the family will take care of the grandson who is disabled.”

Nonperishable food items can be dropped off at Sunset Coastal Grill, Capital City Bank, South Gulf County Volunteer Fire Department, St Joseph Bay Golf Club and Gulf 2 Bay Construction (in Simmons Bayou) until Nov. 17, or if you prefer a tax deductible donation can be made to Coastal Community Initiatives (CCA’s 501-c 3 and mailed to 1934 SR30 A, PSJ, 32456 or dropped off at any of the drop off locations and we will do the shopping for you.

Duren’s Piggly Wiggly is giving CCA a big discount on the food purchased for the Thanksgiving Food Drive so we can get a lot more bang for your buck.

Now, each of us is going to sit down to a big meal on Thanksgiving, and bless God for all our blessing.

Why not “Share your Blessings” by giving a donation to allow others to also be blessed with a good meal and hopefully more meals throughout the Holidays. You can make a difference. Please help.