Students deliver Thanksgiving meals to 16 families before leaving on holiday break

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Limestone College students prepare boxes filled with green beans, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, turkeys and other traditional food items for a Thanksgiving meal.

Written by Scott Powell of The Gaffney Ledger

Limestone College students had an important food delivery to make Tuesday before leaving on their Thanksgiving holiday break.

More than 300 pounds of turkey, ham and canned goods were loaded into vans by college students outside the Curtis Administration Building.

The food was delivered to the homes of 16 families in Cherokee and Spartanburg counties so students can enjoy a Thanksgiving meal.

The community service project was organized by students involved in the college's criminal justice, social work and psychology clubs. An entire classroom in the social work department area was filled with food donated since Oct. 10 by Limestone students, faculty and business partners.

The community service project will benefit students who attend Mary Bramlett Elementary and Blacksburg Middle in Cherokee County and Parks Hill Elementary in Spartanburg County.

"It's a blessing everybody is able to help out in the community," Limestone College criminal justice club president Jack Ziems said. "We will be able to collect enough food to feed 16 families."

Students prepared boxes filled with green beans, cranberry sauce, corn, stuffing, instant mashed potatoes, gravy, rice, yams, rolls and macaroni and cheese. Carolina Christian Championship Wrestling donated 15 turkeys and canned food items from its most recent wrestling show held Nov. 7 at the Boys and Girls Club.

The Dollar General Market, Sam's Club and Walmart supported the students' efforts by providing gift certificates towards the Thanksgiving meals. Students temporarily stored the turkeys and hams in Stephenson Dining Hall until they could be delivered.

Any remaining food collected by the Limestone College students will be given to Meals on Wheels and the Indian Hill Baptist Soup Kitchen.

"Our social work club does a lot of community service projects throughout the year. In our role as future social workers, we see people in different circumstances who need help in the community," Limestone College social work club secretary Brandi Brown said. "We are thankful for all the generous donations we have received. By working together with the criminal justice and psychology clubs, we have been able to make a bigger impact and provide Thanksgiving meals for more families."