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South Georgia Mayor delivers Thanksgiving cheer

November 24, 2005

Dawson - Most of us take for granted the piles of food we eat during our Thanksgiving feast. But hundreds of southwest Georgians can't afford to buy all that food. For ten years, the Mayor of Dawson and a team of volunteers have spent Thanksgiving morning delivering home-cooked meals to families in need of a helping hand and a heap of food.

A group of ladies woke up before 5:00AM to finish making the Thanksgiving feast.

"We're serving snap beans, yams, turkey and dressing, rolls and collard greens," said one cheerful cook.

A team of volunteers helps Dawson Mayor Robert Albritten prepare and deliver Thanksgiving dinners to families in Terrell County.

"Today we're looking forward to doing 1,500 meals. We might do as many as 1,800," said Albritten. "Everything is done from a point of giving."

All the food and supplies are donated. "All the turkeys are given to us by local manufacturers, churches and organizations," said Albritten.

The meals are cooked up at the middle school, boxed up, loaded into cars and hand delivered.

"I just wanted to volunteer to help the people," said Volunteer Jerneko Taylor.

The people are in need of a warm smile and a warm meal.

"The need is much greater because of the economy we're faced with," said Albritten. An economy that makes it impossible for some families to afford food. So the Mayor and his team deliver the holiday spirit one house at a time.

The volunteers deliver the meals to families in Sasser, Bronwood and Parrott, as well as throughout Dawson.

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