JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – In Onslow County, there’s a call for the community to come together and help make the holiday season brighter for those in need.
Every year, Onslow Community Outreach feeds almost two thousand people on Thanksgiving. And that means they need a lot of food.
“We try to get at least 50 to 75 turkeys because we cook it here,” said Lourdes Garcia, soup kitchen director. “We prepare it and we also give them a box so they can have a later meal.”
So far, the soup kitchen has about 10 turkeys and needs items like canned goods to boxes of stuffing and frozen desserts.
“What you cook at home for a home cooked meal is what we try to do here for those that are in need,” she added.
There are some of the items already in the freezer at the kitchen. And preparations for next week’s meal will start early.
“I’m here every year starting about five o’clock in the morning to start helping prepare,” said Judy Connell, volunteer. “We have to get everything hot which takes a while and we’ve got a lot of stuff to heat up.”
And there’s still time for you to help.
“The soup kitchen to me is made up of the community,” said Garcia. “When the community helps and we all come together, we can be successful in helping those that are in need.”
The soup kitchen will also send out two trucks on Thanksgiving to Hubert and Richlands to feed needy families in those towns for the holiday.
If you’d like to donate items, you can drop them off at the Onslow Community Outreach office downtown.