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South Alabama Nonprofit Makes Thanksgiving A Time of Thanks
Tri-Coastal Community Outreach in Grand Bay, AL, needs food donations and financial support to provide holiday packages for 125 families in the Gulf Coast region, including Mobile and Baldwin Counties, and Jackson, County, Mississippi.
Tri-Coastal is asking the Gulf Coast community to respond generously to the needs of families in the community. This year, the organization needs special items to supply a holiday meal for families in Mobile County, and is asking the community to respond by sending financial support or food donations.
Some of the items needed for this Thanksgiving dinner are:
150 turkeys, 40 hams, 150 16 oz. cans of yams, 150 packages of dinner rolls, 150 cans of cranberry sauce, 150 boxes of stuffing or dressing, 150 boxes of macaroni and cheese, fresh fruit, cakes or pies, and soft drinks
“We have seen the number of families in need increase drastically during this past year, and the need for community support and caring in giving becomes very essential, “ said Carolyn Thompson, executive director.
Donations are needed by Thursday, Nov. 19, so that food boxes may be filled before distribution on Saturday, Nov. 21.
“Food donations may be dropped off at our center at 10520 Highway 188 in Grand Bay, Alabama,” said Thompson. “If a church, business or civic organization makes a large donations, they can call our office to arrange for pick-up,” she said.
“We are very thankful that our donors are very responsive in continuing their support during the year, but it is those special times of the year when we require additional community support to share with others love and hope during the holidays,” Thompson said.
“The guiding philosophy of our organization since 2005 is that balance is essential to sustain a prosperous future generation, so Tri-Coastal is committed to “Reaching Beyond Borders” and work with people to create a harmonious future for all generations to come, “ said Carolyn.
In 2008, Tri-Coastal Community Outreach accomplished:
- Served over 5,000 families throughout the Gulf Coast region including six South Alabama counties and two Mississippi counties
- Conducted over 100 classes and workshops to empower over 150 citizens to take care of themselves
- Provided food boxes and turkeys for over 125 families for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
- Provided over 500 children at their “ON WINGS OF DOVES” Children’s Christmas Assistance Program in December with presents for Christmas.
- Provided school supplies for over 800 children grades Pre-K4-12.
“It is our caring volunteers, men and women and residents from both South Mobile County and Jackson County, Mississippi;
Financial contributions may be sent to Tri-Coastal Community Outreach, Inc., POB 769, Theodore, Alabama 36590. For more information about donations, volunteering or support, contact Carolyn Thompson, at (228) 623-0017.
About Tri-Coastal Community Outreach, Inc.
Tri-Coastal Community Outreach, Inc .is a 501©(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization that provides immediate and long-term services to low income, underserved families. They offer food, clothing, hygiene, school and building supplies, kitchen ware for families moving into housing or apartments, and other families in crisis; weather from fire, divorce, homelessness or unemployment, and tool kits for those attending scheduled workshops.
IAAY (It's All About You) workshops are conducted twice a month with local contractors to teach residents how to make needed repairs to their homes. Such workshops teach clients how to repair a hole in drywall, repair a leaky sink, paint a room, or even change out a bad toilet. Brand new donated supplies are given to the clients (when available) to assist them in the needed repairs. These workshops promote the growth and development of self esteem, empowerment and resilience to those who can not normally afford to pay contractors to perform these services and allows them to use their much needed dollars in other ways to help the family survive.
TCCO also offers health education classes, disaster planning, highlighting subjects such as hypertension, obesity, diabetes, cancer, immunization, HIV/AIDS, as well as disaster preparedness classes and health screenings coordinated through local clinics, hospitals and the Mobile Emergency Management Agency.
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