The 8th annual Project Thanksgiving is kicking off this week.
Once again, 88.3 WCQR Radio is teaming up with Second Harvest Food Bank to help provide a Thanksgiving meal for families in the region who may not otherwise have a meal on their table this holiday. Last year, Project Thanksgiving provided Thanksgiving meals for over 6,700 families and the goal for this year is once again over 6,000. WCQR General Manger Mike Perry says this program is definitely a favorite of their listeners, “It is probably one of the best initiatives that we work on all year long, our listeners get very excited about it. They’ve been calling for weeks trying to find put when we’re gonna start and when boxes will be packed and they’ll be participating in both funding this and packing the boxes. There is actually more than 6,000 people who need these boxes so we’d love to see our numbers go up each year so that we can get to everyone. This won’t feed everyone, but it will make a big dent in it.”
Second Harvest Executive Director Rhonda Chaffin agrees, “Project Thanksgiving touches the lives of many families in Northeast Tennessee that may not otherwise have a holiday meal for Thanksgiving. We appreciate the outpouring of support from WCQR and their listeners over the past seven years in helping feed people in need in our region.”
On Thursday, November 12th, 88.3 WCQR Christian Radio will host an all day on-air fundraiser asking their listeners as well as area businesses and churches to donate $25 to sponsor a Thanksgiving box of food, which also includes a Bible. Perry explains, “During that day, we’ll be taking phone calls and people will sponsor one, two, three, sometimes ten or twenty boxes if they’d like, at $25 each. That $25 will buy a turkey and all of the trimmings that go along with it. All of that money will go to Second Harvest Food Bank.”
Donations are currently being accepted online at www.wcqr.org or at www.netfoodbank.org or by calling at (423) 279-0430. The deadline to donate is November 13 so that the food can be distributed in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Perry tells us that this is a very special project for all involved, “We couldn’t imagine sitting down to a Thanksgiving meal with a turkey and all the trimmings knowing that someone out there is hungry and has nothing to eat. So this is an initiative to be able to provide not only a meal, but hope for those people during the holiday season. We’ve gone and seen these boxes handed to people and when you see the appreciation that they have, it’s an incredible feeling. Knowing that we’re able to work with others in our community to be able to do something on this large a scale is pretty incredible. It’s that one on one, handing somebody a box, getting a hug from a mom who is a single mom and gas 3 or 4 kids and she’s wondering how she’s wondering how she’s going to feed anything to her kids, much less a Thanksgiving meal, it’s pretty incredible.”
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