by HOLLY SCHOENSTEIN | REPORTER
Tallmadge — Tallmadge Good Neighbors set a record for the number of families it helped for the coming Thanksgiving holiday.
During its annual Thanksgiving give out Nov. 14, about 10 volunteers from the nonprofit organization handed out food, toiletries and grocery store gift cards to an expected 98 local families at its Community Road location.
“We supply at least a three-day supply of food per family,” Chairwoman Candy Lorkowski said.
A representative of each family walked through the facility with a shopping cart and collected fresh and frozen vegetables, a pumpkin pie and other baked goods, and a large bag of nonperishable food items.
The give out was the week before Thanksgiving because the facility is closed the week of the holiday.
Several groups helped gather food items and cash for the Thanksgiving give out, including the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Dunbar Primary School and Tallmadge Middle School.
Park Ford sponsored its Drive 4UR Community event at the Tallmadge Recreation Center this month, through which the dealership is expected to make a monetary donation to the organization.
“It really helps out a lot since we are feeding so many people,” Lorkowski said about the donations.
Tallmadge Good Neighbors’ Christmas give out, which is usually the largest of the year, is scheduled for Dec. 5 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the Community Center, 80 Community Road.
“Our lists have been given out to churches for their help, and we plan to help 109 families so far. We can always use food donations or grocery or gas gift card donations,” Lorkowski said. “We try to buy extras to share with everyone and have churches buying gifts for the children. Then we put it all together and have families come to pick up their family’s gifts and food.”
Throughout the year, the nonprofit organization assists families in need by giving out donated food and clothing. In October, 114 families — a total of 308 people — participated. Eleven of those families were new to the program.
“We appreciate the caring this community shows all year,” Lorkowski said.
Families need to meet income guidelines and obtain a referral from one of the participating community organizations to participate. Visit www.good-neighbors.org for more information.
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