Thanksgiving Baskets Help Local Families
Â Â Â Thanksgiving came early this year for Nicholas and his family.Â In fact, they were only one of the many families to receive a thanksgiving dinner Sunday, complete with all the trimmings.Â Nicholas' dad says making ends meet is tough, with the economy in a slump, and it would've been hard to put a turkey on the table without a little help.Â Â Â Â
Â Â Â Â "We're just trying to get the supplies for Thanksgiving dinner and have a little extra since the economy is poor and times are tough," Scott Leggett said.
Â Â Â Â Nicholas, along with his mom and dad and his little brother and sister, waited in a long line at Trinity United Methodist Church in Northwest Gainesville to get a Thanksgiving basket.Â the baskets are filled with everything from graving and stuffing to canned fruits and vegetables.
Â Â Â Â Event sponsors say the Leggetts aren't the only family feeling the pinch of a bad economy... in fact, the number of families given baskets this year has doubled from last year.
Â Â Â Â "Obviously everybody knows the economic situation right and and i just think a lot more families are feeling tight on their budgets," Andrew Pridgen, Director of Missions at Trinity United Methodist, said.
Â Â Â Â Â Last year, 800 families received a basket.Â But this year, Pridgen says they expect to serve nearly 2,000 area families.Â
Â Â Â Â Thirty-three local agencies also helped to provide these baskets.Â
Â Â Â Â Nicholas' father says he's grateful... because now he doesn't have to worry about his family doing without a Thanksgiving dinner.
Â Â Â Â "We won't have to scrape to get the things we need," Leggett said.
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