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Philanthropist La'Ticia Nicole Beatty Announces Her Annual Thanksgiving Blessing Event
Food insecurity of senior citizens is a concern of the philanthropist, and a focus of this year's event in Durham, North Carolina
The Thanksgiving Blessings event started off as an idea to feed 1,000 people, with a little help from Beatty's friends from several states. The first year, over 2,500 families were fed, from Detroit, Atlanta, Colorado Springs, Charlotte,and elsewhere. In 2015, some 5,000 families were fed through generous donations made to Beatty's non-profit, Purposed Professionals (formerly known as Professional Divas). Each of the affiliates involved with the Thanksgiving Blessings select their own charity to supply the food that they collect to donate to. "Everyone reports back to me about how many families have been fed, and we just add the totals. We plan to bless as many people as possible". Tax deductible donations can be made to http://bit.ly/
Food insecurity is a very real problem for senior citizens. In 2015, 2.9 million households with seniors age 65 and older experienced food insecurity. Food insecure seniors are at risk for chronic health conditions:
• 60 percent are more likely to experience depression
• 53 percent are more likely to report a heart attack
• The number of food insecure seniors is projected to increase by 50% when the youngest of the Baby Boom Generation reaches age 60 in 2025.
"I absolutely love our senior citizens. The residents here at JJ Henderson Towers are just so special, and I'm happy that the director here welcomed us to return for our Thanksgiving Blessings event. I don't want any of our seniors to feel as though they have to chose medicine over food," states Beatty.
If the community would like to assist in passing out food, or have some contributions they would like to bring to the JJ Henderson Towers, they can do so Thursday, November 17th from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm, 807 South Duke Street in Durham.
To learn more about La'Ticia Nicole Beatty, her non-profit Purpose Professionals, her work and speaking engagements, visit, www.laticiaspeaklife.com
Pamela R. Purifoy
P R Communications Group, LLC