The 6th Annual Come Give Thanks Food Drive, held on Nov. 24 in the Natchitoches community, was close to perfection according to organizers Carlos Hartwell and Phillip Jean-Louis Jr.
“The feeling of being a blessing to others will never get old,” said the two Northwestern State University alum.
They were able to bless 300 families this year with a complete take home Thanksgiving Meal, including a frozen turkey with all the trimmings. Carlos and Phillip hold this event each year so more people can enjoy Thanksgiving in the comfort of their own home. On top of these meals, about 150 attendees also enjoyed a warm bowl of gumbo.
“The moral of the story is, always give back to your family,” said Phillip. “Everyone is your family. Give back any way God has Blessed you to do so. With words of encouragement, a helping hand, an ‘I love you’ to someone. Take care of your Soul. When you give back to others, you are feeding your own spirit with the nutrients to live a happy, peaceful life. This year owes us nothing.”
At then end of the day, they could never pull this event off successfully without the help of others like Rhodes Realty, Pearl Walker, and many more.
“Special special thanks to all the volunteers who helped make this event happen,” said Carlos. “We could not have done it without y’all!”