Sharon Adams has been volunteering at Byron Kilbourn Elementary School in Milwaukee for more than a decade. She sees firsthand how hard some families struggle to put food on the table, especially around Thanksgiving.
“I can’t tell you how many times over the years, families thought they weren’t going to have anything special at Thanksgiving, and then all of a sudden they did,” Sharon explains.
It’s all possible because of gifts to Aurora Family Service’s Family to Family Thanksgiving program. The program provides an entire meal of a turkey, mashed potatoes, fruit, vegetables, stuffing and rolls. Volunteers and staff then pack the bags for 3,1000 families who otherwise couldn’t afford to share such a meal together. The bags are then distributed on the Monday before Thanksgiving.
In 2014, Sharon picked up bags of food for 25 families; 22 of them she said were homeless and forced to move in with family or friends. Sharon can’t wait to help spread the joy again this year.
“I get tears in my eyes again just thinking about it! When I get back here with the food, many of the kids help unload all of the groceries and they just really appreciate it. It’s so wonderful how people really do care,” she says.
The food baskets will be handed out in one week, so now is the time to give! If you would like to support Aurora Family Service’s Family to Family Thanksgiving program, go to aurora.org/thanksgiving to make a gift or learn more.