Published on November 22, 2012

St. Vincent's gives back on Thanksgiving


Reported by: Lauren Hallacher, Action News Jacksonville


It's a labor of love for all who prepare and deliver these thanksgiving meals. "We wanted to give back to the community. That's what it's all," says volunteer Ferlandis Green.

For the last 19-years, St. Vincent's hospital has teamed up with Meals on Wheels to give out these hot Thanksgiving meals to more than 500 people in need. "There are so many seniors this time of year especially who are maybe by themselves or because the economy or tough times they're facing and they could be alone they could be lacking food," says Mark Lemaire with Meals on Wheels.

Hospital cooks spent the last few days preparing the meal. St. Vincent's Senior Executive Chef Jonathan Smith says, "We have about 200 pounds of turkey, 125 pounds of green beans, 125 pounds of mashed potatoes, and about 30 gallons of turkey gravy."

Then volunteers packed it in boxes. "I'm putting food on the tray," says Malik Green.

And finally, roughly 50 taxi drivers with the Northern Transportation Group lined the streets infont of the hospital, as more volunteers, including, Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown, loaded up meals into their cars. All giving thanks for what they have, by helping to those in need. "When I see the people that are getting the meal, it makes me cry because deep down in my heart I know someone is eating other than me," says cab driver Teddy Richardson.

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