Online Originals: The Little Willie Center feeds those in need for Thanksgiving

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The Little Willie Center in Greenville is giving back this Thanksgiving to community members.

For the last 29 years, the Center has dedicated volunteer hours and donations to feeding more than 500 locals during Thanksgiving.

Volunteers for The Little Willie Center unloading boxes of food from a van to be prepared for Thanksgiving.

The project is their busiest of the year.

Prior to Thanksgiving, volunteers hand out turkeys or food boxes to around 150 families, along with trimmings to help create the holiday meal.

“We are all family, and we feel that community is a big part of our family. So why not all eat together?”

-Melissa Arrington, The Little Willie Center Program Coordinator

On the actual day of Thanksgiving, hot meals and desserts are served to about 400 individuals at the Center.

(Above is some of the food and desserts that’ll be present at the Thanksgiving meal).

Those who attend are usually disabled, homeless, far from family, or don’t have the ability to make their own meals.

However, the Center encourages anyone to attend the feast.

The Little Willie website says, “No matter the shape of the economy there will always be a holiday of thanks and giving.”

Decorated tables and chairs where community members will eat their Thanksgiving meal.

If you’d like to donate or volunteer your time at the Center, click here to learn more.

The Little Willie Center would like to acknowledge and thank the following sponsorship’s for making this community Thanksgiving meal possible:

  • Jarvis Memorial Church
  • York Memorial AME Zion Church
  • Zaxbys
  • Texas Road House
  • Olive Garden
  • Harris Teeter
  • ECU Business Class
  • ECU Brody School of Medicine Rotary Club
  • ECU Campus Kitchen’s Turkey Palooza
  • Set’Em Free Bail Bonding
  • Hyster-Yale Group
  • Amanda Willett & Family
  • Leary Auto Sales
  • Living Faith Prophetic Ministries
  • #Something2Somebody
  • #Ladies Delight #10 OES

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