SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Every holiday for the past nine years, Karen Williams has been working to make sure hundreds of others enjoy a Thanksgiving and a Christmas meal. She is a key volunteer for Feed the Hungry which over the years has provided food, toys and cheer to hundreds in need at what can be on of the most stressful and lonely times of the year.
Feed the Hungry is in its 11th year of serving those in need throughout the Coastal Empire. In November, the organization held Thanksgiving dinners in Sylvania and Savannah.
Williams says the organization needs donations for the big Christmas Dinner, set for Saturday, Dec. 23 at 4 p.m. at Windsor Forest Community Center (308 Briarcliff Circle in Savannah).
While the economy has improved for many, Williams says in a number of ways, some lower-income are still struggling.
“I agree the economy is better, however, there’s still a great need,” she said. “Some people are still living paycheck to paycheck and that’s just reality. However, we’re here to help and to fill that gap.”
For Williams and others who plan and volunteer at the gatherings, it’s not just about providing food, it’s about letting those who attend know that they’re not alone.
“But we want it to feel like family and so they can feel the enjoyment of being around family and community as well as having a great holiday meal,” said Williams.
She says for the Christmas dinner they need unwrapped toys — and lots of them. Williams says for some children who attend, it “may be the only toy they receive.”
Feed the Hungry is also in need of donations of turkeys, hams and vegetables.
Donations can be dropped off at the Empowerment Center at 4704 Augusta Road in Garden City (across from Groves). Williams says you should be able to come between the hours of 10 a.m.to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
She says they are counting on the community as they always do.
“We never run out of food and we’re depending on the community to come together during this time to help,” Williams said.
The community is welcome to enjoy a hot, delicious meal on Dec. 23, along with other events like live music and free haircuts.
For more information on the event, call 912-436-7380 or visit Savannah Feed the Hungry online here.