CENTRAL – Kevin Keithly and Michelle Lewis of Central are all packed up and ready to hit the streets. They have a load of turkey dinners for their neighbors impacted by August’s historic flooding.
“We are not doing hand outs. We are doing hand ups,” Keithly said. “Trying to help people get back on their feet.”
Keithly and Lewis are organizers with the local food bank’s “Central Feeding Central.” They are going out in their communities to help those still recovering from the storm.
“Having to buy Thanksgiving dinner is a stress on a lot of people,” Lewis said. “And if we can just hand them a hot meal, it’s one less thing to think about.”
The group is helping people like Natasha Wilkins, a mother with two kids who are still living in their flood damaged mobile home.
“We just moved in yesterday,” Wilkins said. “So as you can see, we have no furniture. Cooking is kind of hard.”
Even though Keithly and his family were also affected by the flood, he still wanted to help other in his community who were worse off than him.
“It is important to know that there’s somebody out there who suffered but are still willing to go help other people,” Keithly said.
This round of giving may be over, but Kiethly said they plan on making helping their community an annual tradition.