Box by box, car after car, officials with Feed the Children and other area volunteers were hard at work Tuesday giving 400 families boxes of holiday spirit.
In under a week now, families all over Texoma will be gathered together enjoying their holiday gifts along with plenty of food, but, not all families have that same opportunity which is why the Lawton housing authority teamed up with feed the children for their no hungry holidays campaign.
Feed the Children has been doing events like this for years, and Event Manager Shanna Carnes said the smiles from families receiving donations never get old.
“This will help supplement their ability to feed the families and because it’s so close to Christmas there are also toys for the children, so its always a really good activity when we’re able to partner with Feed the Children,” Director of Southwest Oklahoma Continuum of Care Jervis Jackson.
Jackson said being able to step in and help families in need is what the holiday season is all about.
“The volunteers that are out here today, Feed the Children, and they’re allowing us the opportunity to assist them and to make this food distribution, that’s what this is all about to make sure that families get help,” Jackson said.
“I wouldn’t be anywhere else. I love seeing the families come through, being appreciative and having a smile on their face and thanking us for being here and in turn, I’m thanking them for coming out,” Carnes said.
Carnes said more than 60 volunteers gathered to hand out boxes of food and daily essentials to families in need which speaks volumes about the Lawton community.
“It feels like a very close-knit community and they care about each other, they want to help each other and there may be volunteers out here that need the help as well but they’re out here just providing that support to those families in need that are coming through the lines, so I think that says a lot,” Carnes said.
Both Jackson and Carnes said they hope this event will help instill happiness in the families, and that they will have one very merry Christmas.