Thanksgiving baskets: Bless a family in hard times

By Lindsay Cohen email
Posted by Rachel Leigh email

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - The most wonderful time of the year is also turning out to be among the driest -- when it comes to charities.

"I know it's hard times for the economy and people are pinching pennies and trying to save, but this is the holiday season," said Melissa Smith with Art and Compassion, a local charity.

The West Palm Beach-based non-profit typically serves Thanksgiving meals to the homeless each year in Centennial Square in the downtown area. This year, however, the group hasn't received any donations to finance the holiday dinner.

"I'm hoping that people would get in the giving mood early and give while they have it," Smith added, "and believe it will come back to them ten-fold."

Art and Compassion also provides holiday food baskets to disenfranchised families and working poor and single mothers. The charity is hoping a grocery store, restaurant, or catering company might step up and donate so that the group can dole out the holiday food.

The charity continues their quest to help the area's neediest despite new laws that inhibit their fight. The non-profit is one of two groups who are locked in a legal battle with the city of West Palm Beach for the right to feed the homeless downtown. The city passed an ordinance in 2007 outlawing the practice.

Both sides are due in federal court next month.