Local turkey hunters help put Thanksgiving on

From staff reports


Since 2001, NWTF chapters throughout North America have helped ensure a happy holiday season for their neighbors through the Turkey Hunters Care program.

The program is about brightening the holidays for others. NWTF chapters across the country provide frozen, domestic turkeys to less fortunate families in their communities.

The East MS Chapter of the NWTF recently donated 32 turkeys to the 12th Annual Thanksgiving Community Luncheon to be held at Louisville Baptist Church Family Life Center on Thanksgiving Day.

“We are thrilled to be a part of it (to the 12th Annual Thanksgiving Community Luncheon),” said Robert Higginbotham of the NWTF.

Aline Haynes, the organizer of the luncheon, noted that she was grateful to the Chapter for the donation and their help.

“I would like to thank each of you who support me with your finances, volunteered services, words of encouragement, but most of all your prayers for the past eleven years. With your help we have served over 10,000 meals and will aim to keep it up,” said Haynes.

Haynes added that churches should begin receiving sign-in packages this week and throughout the next week for those needing a Thanksgiving meal.

She requested that volunteers begin signing up. High school and college students will receive community service hours for volunteering.

“If you need extra hours I need help getting things prepared behind the scene,” said Haynes.

These hours will be granted on first come first serve basic.

“Please encourage youth and children to come out and be a part of learning what it means to be a servant to those in need,” added Haynes.

All shifts will remain the same as last year.

Devotion and opening statements will begin at 10:20 a.m.

“We extend and invitation to all Ministers and Evangelist to share in our devotion. I’m asking for your prayers that God will give me the strength to succeed this year,” said Haynes.

For more information please call Aline Haynes art 662-705-1001.

To date, 133,536 turkeys have been donated nationwide to families in need since Turkey Hunters Care began. These selfless contributions by NWTF volunteers have resulted in 801,216 meals for hungry individuals in communities all over North America.