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Volunteers pack Thanksgiving boxes

By Preston Ayres, payres@wcyb.com
Published On: Nov 12 2012 04:03:36 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 12 2012 02:47:34 PM CST

We are still a few weeks away from Thanksgiving, but many people are already getting ready.

SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. -

We are still a few weeks away from Thanksgiving, but many people are already getting ready.

Thousands of families will have a Thanksgiving feast on their table this year thanks to the work of volunteers.

"We are loading boxes for a food drive," says Matthew Huss.

Brothers Matthew, Eric, and Joshua Huss spent their Monday morning giving back. "Just helping, a lot of people need food,” says Huss, “so we are helping out. Nothing else to do so we are helping out."

Teams of volunteers will spend three days filling over 5,000 boxes of food.

This is the fourth year for Project Thanksgiving; it is coordinated through Second Harvest Food Bank.

Each box is paid for with donations collected by WCQR radio. "The radio station asks for $25 donations,” says Kathy Smith from Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee. “That buys a box of food that feeds a family for Thanksgiving."

Organizers started packing the boxes earlier this year to let families know earlier they will be receiving the free food.

The boxes will be distributed to member organizations that receive food throughout the year from Second Harvest Food Bank.

Those organizations will then determine which of their clients will take home the boxes.