KARM's Baskets of Hope dish out record number of meals

KARM's Baskets of Hope dish out record number of Thanksgiving meals

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It took dozens of volunteers to help distribute thousands of baskets to help families have a Thanksgiving meal. It took dozens of volunteers to help distribute thousands of baskets to help families have a Thanksgiving meal.
In addition to a basket full of trimmings, each family was given a free turkey by KARM. In addition to a basket full of trimmings, each family was given a free turkey by KARM.

By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Some needy families in the area now have a Thanksgiving meal for free. About 2,000 Baskets of Hope, provided by Knox Area Rescue Ministries (KARM), were handed out in North Knoxville Sunday.

Organizers say this year brought more requests than ever. To get a basket, families fill out an application through KARM.

The families aren't homeless, but without this program many wouldn't have the money for a Thanksgiving meal.

For Leslie Williams, getting a Basket of Hope means she'll be able to provide a full Thanksgiving meal for her three children.

"This means a lot to me because it helps me to do the traditional things that I like to do for my family," Williams said. "I love to cook. My boys and my family love to eat the things that I do cook."

This year, Williams will have a whole turkey, something that wouldn't have been possible without the program.

"Some people like myself are single parents. We have kids and are only able to provide certain things for a certain amount of time," Williams said.

Dishing out all the turkeys takes a few hundred volunteers, like Cristen Bowker.

"Seeing the joy when they get their turkeys and the boxes, it's uplifting, it's so amazing," Bowker said.

KARM's President Burt Rosen says each box feeds up to six people.

"For some, because most of us enjoy leftovers, it will also feed them for a day or two after Thanksgiving. That's really important when you're trying to stretch a dollar," Rosen said.

Though money is tight, the Williams say they have each other, and now a Basket of Hope.  

"It's a blessing to me. I'm sure it's a blessing for others," Williams said.

The baskets are paid for by individual and group donations.

KARM will also provide a free meal starting at 11 a.m. Thanksgiving day. Anyone is welcome to attend. 

 

 

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