Grocery shoppers opened their hearts and their wallets on Friday to donate to the Ministry of Caring and WJBR‘s turkey-thon at the ACME in Lantana Square. The 99.5 FM radio station hoped to collect 995 pounds of turkeys and non-perishable food for the Thanksgiving dinner table for the 500 families who registered with the Ministry of Caring for the free holiday meal.
In fact, a staggering 1,665 pounds of food and $300 in cash donations were donated by morning shoppers, ensuring that families will not go without. “Food drives this time of year are so important,” said WJBR’s John Hanson who broadcast live and greeted shoppers along with co-anchor Charlie Maxx from a special booth at the Hockessin grocery store.
Sister Julie McCole said the Ministry of Caring is grateful to the radio station and their support of this annual holiday food drive. “This is a popular holiday meal program, so the registration process ensures that only the very neediest will receive the free holiday meal.” Horizon Services donated the huge truck to collect and transport the groceries to the Ministry of Caring.
Five-hundred families will receive Thanksgiving baskets with everything they need for a bountiful holiday dinner: a turkey, potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and vegetables.