Wilma Huey, a member of the sponsoring family and resident of the Dobbins Heights community, said that while she was growing up there was plenty of everything for everyone.
“But, some people don’t have food to eat and they are home alone for the holidays,” she said.
And in addition to serving at the community center, deliveries are also available.
Seeing someone in need and being able to help them is a blessing Huey said.
“It is an inspiration to us, that we are able to give thanks to God and we try to bless other people,” she said.
Her sister Angeline David, who is also a Dobbins Heights resident, agrees.
“The feeling of helping others is amazing to us,” she said.
David said the family eats and fellowships with those that come.
“You never know when you will need someone to help you and take care of you,” she said. “I thank God that our family can help others.”
In the past, the family would come together to buy all of the necessary items but this year, an extended family member decided to sponsor the meal.
“We are so thankful for that gift,” Huey said.
Residents from different areas not only come out to partake of the fresh grown vegetables that are prepared. Some also come out and get plates to take back to people in their communities.
“Anyone that would like to come will be allowed,” David said.
And in this family tradition, at least two generations of the family donate their time every year to make sure that gift to the community is kept alive.
“Our children want to give back to the community as well,” Huey said. “And they plan on carrying on the tradition.”
For more information contact Huey at (910) 582-2557 or (910) 995-2708 and David at (910) 582- 1866 or (910) 206-3423.
Staff Writer Hollie Nivens can be reached at (910) 997-3111 ext. 19 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org