There were tears in her eyes as Lucia Hernandez talked about what a Thanksgiving food box from Inter-Faith Community Services meant to her and her family.
“I am a single mom with three children. I have three part-time jobs. The pay is enough to get by but there is nothing for extras,” the Littleton woman said as she waited to pull her car into Inter-Faith to receive the box. “This box will be such a blessing for us. I try to be thankful for what we have but this food will make Thanksgiving special for us.”
Hernandez's car was among several hundred in line Nov. 17 for the annual Inter-Faith Thanksgiving food-box distribution.
This year, the organization distributed 800 boxes to needy families and to seniors so a small army of volunteers were on hand to make the project work.
There were volunteers from a number of schools as well as area service clubs. For example, there were a number of volunteers from the Centennial Rotary Club, members like Ken Hope.
“This is a great way to give back to the community,” the former Englewood resident said. “There are a lot of folks out there who had a job last year but are now are out of work and can use a little help.”
A short distance away, Cherry Creek student Ashley Klingbiel was helping set up the food boxes before the distribution began.
“I am a member of the Enact Club, the high school version of Rotary,” she said. “There are seven of us here today. I think being here is a great idea because we are doing something that will help a lot of people have a nice Thanksgiving.”
The first distribution went to volunteers, like Brad Bernero of Parker, delivering boxes to seniors.
“I am glad to do this,” he said. “All the seniors are nice people and a lot of them are happy to see us and talk to us. I like to do this as a way to give back to the community. It is a lot better than just sitting around the house.”
Even as food was being distributed, additional food donations were coming into Inter-Faith.
“Our church, Abiding Hope Lutheran, held a food drive and collected 100 boxes and 100 pounds of potatoes,” Littleton resident and church member Ron Siegfried said as he unloaded several boxes out of his car. “It is our way to help Inter-Faith and to help needy families in the area.”