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Apopka Thanksgiving 2023

Caring Hands of Apopka providing Thanksgiving meals to the needy


In the heart of the holiday season, a profound joy transcends the typical festivities—a joy found in providing Thanksgiving meals to underprivileged families.

It's a celebration of generosity that goes beyond merely exchanging food.

As the aroma of roasting turkey fills the air and the sound of laughter echoes through the kitchen, a special kind of joy comes from providing Thanksgiving meals to underprivileged families. In the midst of generosity and warmth, the simple act of sharing a hearty meal becomes a powerful expression of compassion, weaving threads of connection that go beyond the boundaries of circumstance. As volunteers come together to create a feast that pushes past the constraints of hunger, they fill not only empty plates but also hearts, savoring the true essence of gratitude in the spirit of giving.

In Apopka, an organization has learned this lesson a long time ago.

Caring Hands of Apopka has been feeding the needy full traditional meals every Thanksgiving for a decade at 22 Michael Gladden Boulevard in Apopka. It's a convenient drive-up service.

Before COVID, they offered tents, tables, and seated service. Homelessness is not a requirement.

Historically, Caring Hands of Apopka have fed 300 people full meals from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  - come rain or shine on Thanksgiving Day.

They cook the turkeys right there at the site.

Feeding others was inspired by the Bell family's patriarch, William 'Willie' Bell, an Apopka Police Department Officer and Chaplain.

If you wish to help the extended Bell family of Apopka, you can drop off food today after 2 pm today at 1104 South Hawthorne Avenue in Apopka... and, of course, volunteer on Thanksgiving Day!

Helping Hands can always use:

  • Baked cakes
  • Baked cornbread
  • Single-serve soft drinks
  • Single-serve water bottles
  • Cans of cranberry sauce
  • Accessories such as napkins, salt and pepper, forks/spoons/knives, multi-section leak-proof and desert-sized containers, and meal bags.

The Bells haven't asked for help, but due to health conditions, they could use it to feed the community this year!

For details, contact Mrs. Sandra Bell at 407-618-9279.

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