Just in time for Thanksgiving, the Highlands-Lynchburg Chamber of Commerce members were able to give away boxes of food and turkeys, with some help from their friends.
The Chamber’s Thanksgiving Feast-Pot Luck luncheon was held Monday and Tuesday and benefits the food drive for food baskets for local families so they can enjoy a full Thanksgiving meal. This is the 15th year of the food drive.
Jessica Woods, the Chamber’s president, was thankful to local companies that pitched in to help with the food giveaway. One company was ZXP Technologies.
“They brought me 100 boxes full of food, and that was great,” Woods said. “Jaime Ruiz and his team were wonderful.”
Woods said the students at Highlands Elementary and Bonnie P. Hopper Primary helped to collect food. The Highlands Boy Scouts Troop 107 also chipped in to help.
“They did a big collection, and the Chamber members gave donations and collections. That got us about 170 boxes of food with 95 turkeys, and that is what we did today,” Woods said.
Miss Highlands Haley Maxey and Junior Miss Highlands Aubrey Bird were also on hand to help sort the canned items and pack boxes.
Another company, M&R Auto, who are new members of the Chambers, did its part in the food giveaway.
“They brought in boxes and food and turkeys enough for five families,” Woods said.
Building Blocks, a childcare facility in Highlands, also brought in some items
“They are also new members, and pitched in right away to help out,” Woods said.