Thanksgiving Box Brigade Program returns to Palm Beach County
The 18th annual Thanksgiving Box Brigade Program is back this year. It provides Thanksgiving dinners to over 3,500 families in southern Palm Beach County.
Wednesday morning, volunteers from two corporations had a contest on who could pack the most boxes that will eventually provide Thanksgiving dinners to 3,500 Palm Beach County families.
“The box contains what we call all the 'fixins' for Thanksgiving,” said Greg Hazle who is the executive director for Boca Helping Hands.
The kit includes a frozen turkey on the side. It's truly grassroots event involving volunteers and business partners.
“You know, because this community has been impacted by inflation, rising food costs,” said Brandon Poe who is Verizon Wireless district manager.
“We also have the cost of housing as a significant factor in the prices that people are facing,” added Hazle.
Boca Helping Hands says those factors have caused the demand for monthly food pantry bags to climb from 6,100/month to over 9,000.
“Somewhere around 200,000 of our neighbors in the county are experiencing food insecurity,” said Hazle.
Throw in a holiday that is food-centric and you start to see the need.
“As a first-generation immigrant this was the American holiday that I most easily understood, laughed Hazle who is from Jamaica. “It's an opportunity to be reflective about the blessings that you had... ...during this holiday and think of others other than yourself,” Hazle said.
In the end for these two companies it's not about winning the competition they said it’s about making our community thrive and it doesn’t have to be overwhelming.
“You don't have to change the world, you just have to get involved on your street--in your neighborhood,” said Alex Price who is Office Depot’s National Director of Community Investment.
Michael Hawn, a Verizon employee, has donated over 600 hours to Boca Helping Hands’ causes.
“ I don't know a time when it isn't important. You know, there are people in our community that live below the poverty line. And I think helping those people is the best thing we can do as fellow Americans,” said Hawn.
“We are living out the reality that it's more blest to give than it is to receive,” Hazle said.
You can help feed a family of six with a box willed with things people need for Thanksgiving including a turkey. Just go to BocaHelpingHands.org/Thanksgiving and for $31.48 you can donate that box.
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