MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C.– Tomorrow is all about family and friend coming together to give thanks while eating some turkey, but some families across the lowcountry struggle to afford holiday meals. One organization started the giving early today.
At Mount Pleasant Community Outreach, people showed up with empty hands, but left carrying something a little heavy for the table. They had 60 turkeys there to give away. Most came from local Walmarts, but the rest came from Publix and Harris Teeter.
There was a line of people waiting to get a turkey. This was a give-away so there were not any strict requirements to get one. We spoke with the director and she said they have a good relationship with the people in the community so they know who really needs the donation.
We asked some of the people there to pick up a turkey what this kind of act means for the community.
Matilda Jackson said, “this group is very good about letting the people in the community know what is going on and inviting us to come get whatever they have. Some people just depend on donations.”
Most of the people they serve live in the Huger, which is about 15 minutes away from their center in Mount Pleasant. The director said the people living there saw a lot of loss during the flooding. Mount Pleasant Community Outreach has had much more calls since the floods so they set up a process where people can apply to get gift cards like Walmart, Lowes and Bi-Lo.
This application process is separate from the turkey give-away and they still have some gift cards available. Click here to find that application.