As funds for many are stretched to the breaking point this holiday season, members of the American Legion Post 145 have once again taken steps to ensure that families will have full tables and bellies during the Thanksgiving holiday.
On Tuesday, more than 50 families benefited from that generosity and picked up Thanksgiving boxes complete with everything needed to have a holiday feast.
“This is something we do each year to give back to our community,” said Paul Greer, commander of the American Legion.
Greer explained that many of the groceries distributed went to families of deployed soldiers and retirees in need.
The project to feed the needy began more than five years ago and each year it seems to grow. This year was more difficult than in the past due to increased costs of groceries.
“Especially this year, to be able to give families a good Thanksgiving meal is a blessing,” said Billy Foley, post adjutant and 8 district commander.
Families received a turkey, bread, dressing, vegetables and the makings for pie.
Market Basket of Leesville works with the American Legion to ensure that all baskets are filled while Jim Shapkoff, Jr., donated the boxes.
The American Legion uses money earned from Bingo to help fund the Thanksgiving donations.
This year more than $2,000 was donated by the legion for Thanksgiving dinners. With the economy in a slump, next year the need may be even greater.
“With inflation it is getting harder and harder for families to fill their pantries," said Greer. "We are just helping out families who have dedicated much of their lives to bringing freedom to us.”