The L.E. Coleman African-American Museum in Halifax, organized by the Care in the Community Association collaborative, is hosting a Thanksgiving food giveaway Thursday starting at 10 a.m.

Because the Thanksgiving holiday falls on the museum’s regular-scheduled fourth-Thursday-of-the-month distribution day, they are providing their free grocery bags a week earlier this month and are including fresh green vegetables provided by the Healthy Harvest Community Garden, turkeys, cranberry sauce, rolls and other Thanksgiving dinner fixings.

The cost of 80 turkeys was donated by Charles Garrett and the Garrett family in memory of their parents, Charity and Roosevelt Garrett.

Other volunteers have donated five more turkeys so their goal of serving at least 85 families is met. 

In addition to their initial grant of $5,000 from Microsoft/Change-X and the contribution from the Garrett family, they have had ongoing financial support from local churches and caring citizens as well.

Museum representatives would like to thank Rick Truesdale, Arlene Dailey, Dora Lassiter and the following churches, Mountain Grove Baptist, Countyline Baptist, Union Grove CME, Bethel Grove Baptist, Bannister Hill Baptist and Berry Hill Baptist for their donations.

And they said they appreciate the helpful volunteers from the community who represent the members of their association — Halifax Department of Social Services, Southside Outreaach Group, Inc., L.E. Coleman Museum of African-American History, Black Jacket Cruizer Motorcycle Riders, Bethel Grove Baptist Chruch, Union Grove CME Church and Hackberry Baptist Church.