COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - Thanksgiving is just four days away and many have been impacted financially, having lost jobs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
To help with that, a food drive was held at the Columbus Civic Center in collaboration with Feeding the Valley.
Glenda Futural is one out of 2,000 people who were bestowed with a blessing Monday morning ahead of Thanksgiving.
“Whenever I got here, I thought oh my god, they are going to run out of groceries before we get through, but they had plenty. They gave us plenty! We are so thankful for helping us so much because this is really going to help our Thanksgiving day,” said Futural.
Some people waited hours in line for the food giveaway,” according to Robert Landers, the director of the Columbus Civic Center.
“At four o’clock this morning we already had 30 cars staged and ready to come through,” Landers said.
People received eggs, cheese, chicken, pork, grapes, apples, and more.
Due to the burdens of COVID-19, some said this offering gave them more than just free food. It gives Darlene Carter and other people hope during these unprecedented times.
“My mom passed away and we celebrated her birthday yesterday,” Carter said. “This is also during COVID and my family has experienced a lot of traumatic events and deaths.”
“It feels good to know that people are giving back,” Celeste Sojourner said.
Many different organizations who volunteered to help make the first Thanksgiving food drive a success shared what the real reward is.
“It is nice to be able to put a smile on someone’s face and know that they are not going to be hungry this Thanksgiving,” Josh Pietrantonio said.
“People are losing their jobs and COVID-19 is putting economic stress on people. So, for people to come out and help, it really speaks volumes about the community,” Michael Forte said.