YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – As many prepare for their big Thanksgiving meals on Thursday, there are many in the Valley that can’t afford to buy the turkey and food to put on the table.
The Place Where the Lord Provides Christian Center held its annual turkey basket giveaway Tuesday evening in Youngstown.
Volunteers with several other ministries helped to give out the food and other needs. This year, they were able to pass out 561 baskets.
“It’s growing, and it’s getting larger. But it’s a blessing to the community, as well as the church,” said Kathy Reed, media director of The Place Where the Lord Provides Christian Center.
This is the fifth year that the church has passed out the food.
Also working to feed hungry families in the area are the local chapters of the Salvation Army.
For the sixth year in a row, businessman Gus Giannios has volunteered his time — along with cooks from Donavito’s restaurant in Struthers, to cook turkeys for the Army’s annual holiday meal in Youngstown.
On Tuesday morning, they began roasting some of the 50 turkeys that will feed close to 750 people on Wednesday.
“It just breaks your heart to see some of these families. They’re in need, especially now, especially with the price of turkeys,” Giannios said.