Thanks to the outpouring of support from donors in our community, Aurora Family Service assembled and distributed 3,100 bags of groceries – including a 12 pound turkey – to help families who otherwise couldn’t afford to make a Thanksgiving meal with their families.
As people picked up their holiday fixings on November 23, many shared with us their appreciation for making their holiday special. Below are just a few stories from the people who received a Thanksgiving meal this year.
“This means food on the table for Thanksgiving,” said Ernestine Hollis (left). She is a grandma who was looking forward to making a Thanksgiving meal with her grown son and grandchildren. Ernestine expressed her gratitude, “These groceries come at a time when we are low on money. And having something special to make and eat together makes a difference. Thank you very much.”
Mary Beandry (right) learned about the Aurora Family Service Family to Family Thanksgiving program from her therapist. It has been a challenging year for her family. Mary’s husband is on disability and her daughter passed away, leaving the couple to raise their grandchildren, ages 8, 16 and 17 years old. “This truly helps,” Mary said. “I’m the only one working and when the bills come in, I have to prioritize. This helps cover a lot of things.”
Michael Diggs shared that his wife recently had surgery and that he isn’t able to work because of a back injury. “This means a lot because of the hard times we are experiencing,” Michael said. “It’s great that there are still people out there who help support the less fortunate. I really applaud the effort to do this.”
Each year, more and more families need our help. Please consider making a gift through Aurora Health Care Foundation for next year’s Aurora Family Service Family to Family Thanksgiving program. Call 877-460-8730 or go to Give.Aurora.org.