At Hope Temple Church of God in Christ in Radcliff, members arrived at 10:30 a.m. Saturday to the church building at 1495 N. Dixie Blvd. with a line of cars.

The church was giving out boxes of Thanksgiving food and meals to those in the community who may not be able to afford it.

Joanne Wilson, administrator assistant at church, was there Saturday, primarily in the upstairs part of the church building boxes and handing out food.

“I knew the need was there. I don’t think I realized it was this great of a need though,” Wilson said.

Mary Thompson, the main organizer, said they had given out 13 baskets of food before 11 a.m., which was the start of the event.

Thompson said the first year they had about 15 families. She said it continues to increase every year, and now have more than 30 families to give food to.

Wilson and Thompson both said they first contact the schools and collect the names of families that may be in the most need of Thanksgiving food. Families have to consent to be given a box.

Once that is complete, they then take the remaining food and give those to people who are able to come by to pick up a box.

Wilson said around 11 a.m. they’ll probably end up giving out about 50 to 55 boxes of food.

Thompson said the boxes contain all the necessities for a Thanksgiving, including a $15 Walmart gift card so families can buy their own meat if they don’t prefer turkey.

Pastor Sam Wilson said the JROTC students from Fort Knox High School are a “tremendous help,” since they collect and go door to door for canned goods.

“We’re reaching out  and touching the community,” Thompson said.

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