Most of you probably aren't stocking up yet for your Thanksgiving Day meal, but employees at Avera McKennan are. Avera McKennan has volunteered to head up what they are calling the "Thanksgiving Harvest of Hope" for the Sioux Falls Salvation Army. Through Avera's ministry of help they want to provide hope for families who could use a little right now.
Charlotte Noonan is the Volunteer Services Director for Avera McKennan. She says, "We have one strategic goal this year and that is to encourage our employees to get out in the community and volunteer and this is one way we can help. We are all very passionate about healing people within our walls and outside them."
They will also box everything up and deliver it to the Salvation Army. Major Mike Mills says so far this year they've helped 12, 000 families and we are still 2 months away from Christmas when they see the biggest demand Major Mills says 500 of those cases are brand new families who have never gotten assistance from the Salvation Army. An indication of how tough of times we are in.
Major Mills says, "Thanksgiving is almost like a forgotten season when it comes to giving food baskets and assisting those families who are in need. There are a number of churches and agencies that offer Thanksgiving meals, but not everybody goes to them. Some people's pride gets in the way so they don't want to go out for dinner. Instead they do their own thing and this affords them the opportunity to have dinner at home with their family. We very much appreciate what Avera McKennan is doing."
Linda and Nancy are just two of the hundreds of Avera employees who are thankful to be giving to so other families can have a hearty Thanksgiving holiday.
Avera McKennan plans to deliver 200 gift boxes to the Salvation Army by November 22nd. With them comes a gift certificate for a free ham or turkey at HyVee. Shopping wisely, using the generic brands, Nancy and Linda spent $100 on the box of staples and holiday feast and that includes the main course.