Community organizations give back to Tobie Grant Community

DSCF0047Thanksgiving came a little early for more than 100 people in the Tobie Grant community in Scottdale.

On Nov. 23, the families gathered at the Tobie Grant Recreation Center where they were fed a full thanksgiving meal complete with turkey and all the fixings. Blessings on Wheels, a nonprofit organization that helps the homeless and less fortunate, partnered with Ask My Friend, New Vision Christian Center, Ladies 1st and Pink Panties Kickball League to celebrate Thanksgiving with the community.

The families also celebrated Thanksgiving through song, dance, worship and praise during the two-hour event.

Stephanie Rockmore, founder of Blessings on Wheels, said the event was all about providing a meal to those who are less fortunate or struggling financially.

“We have a bunch of volunteers here today and we’re feeding the community, giving back, giving thanks and honoring God,” she said.

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Ask My Friend, a nonprofit organization founded by Natalie Gresham in honor of her daughter who was killed, frequents Tobie Grant every holiday season to give back. This year, Blessings on Wheels, along with the other organizations, decided to collaborate to sponsor the Thanksgiving event.

Deloris Jones of Scottdale said she was very grateful for the meal because she was low on food and did not have enough to prepare a Thanksgiving meal.

“My income is so low that I decided that I was going to whip a can of this and a can of that and substitute it [for a meal],” she said. “But God blessed me with a full meal.”

Rockmore said she was pleased with the turnout and very happy to see the people enjoying themselves.

“It’s just an honor to be able to give back,” she said. “To see these people eating and having fun is a blessing.”

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