Farmington food drive helps needy at Thanksgiving

FARMINGTON, Conn. (WTNH)– Many businesses and organizations across the state are doing their part to make sure everyone has a happy Thanksgiving next Thursday, and many people are lending a helping hand by giving the gift of food.

“We know there’s a lot of need,” said Jonelle Lawhorn, KBE Building Corp. “Hopefully we will make a little bit of a difference.” white shirt

Saturday was packing day at the KBE Building Corporation in Farmington, part of their sixth annual Gift of Gobble event. Employees and volunteers helped fill boxes with food, which will be delivered to families across the state.

“There’s a huge demand out there,” said Simon Etzel, KBE Building Corp. “We have increased over the six years. I think we started with 75 turkeys and we’re up to 200 and every year we look at the need and try to do better. white hat

Each box is complete with a turkey and all the trimmings that make up a Thanksgiving meal. It’s a process that involves months of planning and the help of many different people.

“We organize it as an assembly line. It’s pretty controlled pandemonium,” said Lawhorn. “We are in the construction business, so we have a sense of urgency. That’s how they pack boxes, at the speed of light.”

Helping out in such a big way is nothing new for KBE; they focus on the community year-round. It’s all part of program they call 50 Ways to Make a Difference.

“Over the last six years we’ve donated about $1.2 million to agencies that support children, senior citizens, military personnel, so this is part of that,” said Lawhorn.

“There’s a lot of needy people out there and we do our best to contribute to their needs,” said Etzel.

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