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Rotary Club of Aggieland donates 400 Thanksgiving dinners to families in need

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By ANDREA SALAZAR andrea.salazar@theeagle.com | 0 comments

Almost 200 volunteers braved the wintry weather early Saturday morning to assemble Thanksgiving meals for 400 Brazos Valley families in need.

And they did it in 24 minutes, thanks to an effective assembly line.

Dave McDermand/The Eagle Aggieland Rotarian Gordon LeBleu, 80, hoists a box of turkeys to load along with all the fixin's at Lock and Roll facility in College Station early Saturday morning. The Rotary Club of Aggieland assembled, transported and delivered full, ready to cook Thankgiving dinners to 400 local families who wouldn't have been able to otherwise afford one or those who've been met with other hardships.

Dave McDermand/The Eagle
Aggieland Rotarian Gordon LeBleu, 80, hoists a box of turkeys to load along with all the fixin’s at Lock and Roll facility in College Station early Saturday morning. The Rotary Club of Aggieland assembled, transported and delivered full, ready to cook Thankgiving dinners to 400 local

families who wouldn’t have been able to otherwise afford one or those who’ve been met with other hardships.

“It was grisly and cold,” Rotary Club of Aggieland President Phil Shackelford said. “The wonderful thing about volunteers in the Brazos Valley is that didn’t keep anyone away.”

The Rotary Club of Aggieland has been donating meals to local families for more than 10 years. What started as 25 sets of meals made up of dishes from Rotary Club members has grown as the organization partnered with area businesses.

This year, a College Station H-E-B donated $4,000 worth of turkeys, Lock n Roll Storage provided the boxes and its facility, and Twin Oaks Landfill and Compost covered the remaining costs of the project.

Each box, worth $25, contains a traditional Thanksgiving meal including a 10-pound turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy mix, green beans, pinto beans, corn, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls and tea bags.

“This provides the opportunity for one to gather the family, to break bread and be thankful for the blessings they’ve been given,” Shackelford said. “That’s what this is all about.”

The families receiving the meals were recommended by local churches, the Salvation Army and Bridge Ministries. They are members of the community who have been facing hardships, dealing with health issues or are out of a job, Shackelford said.

One recipient spoke to Shackelford over the phone to express his gratitude Saturday afternoon.

“He was very emotionally overwhelmed,” Shackelford said. “When you touch someone’s heart like that, you have to be doing something right.”

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