TWENTYNINE PALMS — Thanks to the efforts of Twentynine Palms High School Interact Club members and their supporters and members of the school’s Teens For Humanity club, a lot of area residents will have warmer, more nutritious Thanksgivings.
Under the watchful eye of Interact Club adviser Lori Cosgriff, club members and volunteers handed out 501 turkeys and 509 bags of food so area families in need could celebrate Thanksgiving at home on Thursday, Nov. 22.
As in years past, the turkeys were donated by Marshal Networking.
Food was handed out in the parking lot at Twentynine Palms Junior High School on Saturday, Nov. 17. The club has conducted its Thanksgiving Basket Distribution since the late 1990s.
Interact club members were joined in their distritbution duties by students and staff members from Twentynine Palms High School, Marshal Networking, members of Twentynine Palms Noon Rotary, staff and students from Twentynine Palms Junior High, BNI, Soroptimist International of Twentynine Palms, Cardinal Van and Storage and community members.
Sixty volunteers in all helped hand out food to residents who pre-registered through Reach Out Morongo Basin.
Interact Club members gathered food through a community-wide food drive which brought in enough food to let the club donate more than 500 pounts to the Twentynine Palms Community Food Pantry.
While Interact Club members were handing out the makings of Thanksgiving meals, members of Teens For Humanity were handing out more than 150 winter coats.
Interact Club members will continue their work feeding those in need in the community in January when they prepare meals for the Bread For Life Ministry from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturdays in the fellowship hall at Little Church of the Desert, El Paseo Drive and Ocotillo Avenue.