The people who live around the Dobbins Heights Community Center sure are fortunate.
Times are difficult, but it’s people like those in the Watkins-Kendall families make things a whole lot better. Enthusiasm and fellowship abound pretty much all the time, but on Thursday some two dozen family members helped brighten what can be a lonely holiday with the four things that best break up loneliness — song, friendship, smiles and homemade food.
If you’re in the crowd and don’t break into smile or song yourself, that’s just fine. If you’re in the crowd and still without a full appreciation of the human spirit, then you’re not paying attention.
Members of the Watkins-Kendall families, of all ages, traveled from far and wide to help Dobbins Heights have a better Thanksgiving. There was no one at the door checking incoming eligibility requirements. There was no one ensuring each person signed in with name, address and telephone number. There was no collection box for fees or donations.
Instead, there was a camaraderie that went far beyond bloodlines.
Some 300 people were expected to be fed through the generation of personal donations from Watkins-Kendall family members.
Not all of them had to come to the center for a meal. On top of cooking and serving those who visited the center in the heart of a town with less than 900 people, some of those same people volunteered to take meals individuals in shut-in circumstances; 20 plates were delivered to a central location to feed a part of the homeless population in Richmond County.
Members of the Watkins-Kendall families didn’t feed the entire town; merely a third of it. But the good they did will have a lasting, positive impact that can’t be measured.