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Clubs provide Thanksgiving meals

POSTED: November 22, 2010 1:51 p.m.
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Families line up Thursday at the YMCA to receive baskets of food donated by Liberty County social clubs.

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Members of Liberty County’s social clubs joined forces Thursday evening to ensure 70 underprivileged families will enjoy Thanksgiving dinner.
The clubs distributed baskets containing turkeys and all the fixings at the Armed Services YMCA in Hinesville. Each organization donated a set number of meal kits depending on membership size and financial capabilities, said Lissette Flores, who coordinated the event. Flores is the president of Sistaz with Vizionz Social Club.
“Clubs donated either three, five, seven or 10 baskets, and we gave them a list of stuff to include in each basket,” she said.
In the past, only motorcycle clubs participated in the giveaway, but this year, Flores decided to involve more groups.
“It was just a motorcycle thing, but this year, I thought it would be better if we brought all the clubs together,” she said. “We fed nearly 70 families in the community.”
The leaders of the other groups that donated turkey dinners all agreed they were happy to help out. Many have been participating for years.
“We did this last year and the year before and we just want to continue giving what we can to needy families,” said Matthew McKnight, president of Chosen Ryderz Motorcycle Club. “We do this out of our hearts.”
Lafonya Hughes, public relations officer for Front Runnerz Motorcycle Club, said the annual charitable event exemplifies the club’s philanthropy.
“Our motto is just to give back to the community — people first,” she said. “We love Hinesville and we’re just trying to take care and give back.”
Flores said the families who received meals were identified through the Division of Family and Children Services and the Fostering Care and Hope organization.
The giveaway proved to be a big hit. Volunteers began distributing food just before 7 p.m., and most baskets had been claimed by 7:15.
“They were lined up outside when we got here,” Flores said, but she was glad to help the spirited crowd. And after the last family left with meal makings, the coordinator and her fellow volunteers chatted animatedly as they put away tables that, moments before, held mountains of food.
“This is what it’s all about,” Flores said.

 

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