Thanksgiving is less than 48 hours away and many families are already preparing meals for the holiday.
Across Acadiana though, there are those who can’t afford to provide all the trimmings. Fortunately, organizations like Pillows of Hope and El Sido’s are teaming up to give away more than 100 Thanksgiving baskets.
Caterina Weidler said receiving her Thanksgiving basket is a God-send.
“We weren’t going to have a Thanksgiving.”
Weidler is a mother of four and is thankful her kids will have a traditional Thanksgiving meal.
“Just be thankful for what you’ve got, because one day, you might not have it,” said Weidler.
This is the 32nd year of the basket drive. Sid Williams said it’s his calling to give back. Growing up, his Mom and Dad ensured his family never went hungry.
“My daddy was a hustler and my momma was a helluva cook. She could take anything and make something out of it,” Sid said.
Meldron Broussard with Pillows of Hope said, “It warms our heart to be able to help those who are not fortunate enough to have a wonderful Thanksgiving.”
The baskets are filled with your usual Thanksgiving items.
“Sweet potatoes, can goods, cornbread, turkey and bread,” said Catherine Prejean with Pillows of Hope.
Those receiving a basket say generosity and love is what this holiday is about.
“With them giving back, we can show the kids what Thanksgiving is really about. We’re thankful that they are giving to us,” said Marquitta Manuel.
Weilder said, “They are a blessing to everyone who is receiving.”
Organizers say they’re already looking forward to next year and this event would not be possible without the countless volunteers as well as donations.