Mission Thanksgiving kicks off for 19th year
ABILENE, Texas - Hundreds of people stopped by Arrow Ford to drop off donations for this year's 19 th Mission Thanksgiving. Love & Care Ministries, an organization that helps the homeless and working poor, puts on the annual event. " Mission Thanksgiving is huge," said Mark Hewitt, director of Love and Care Ministries. "I mean [it] takes us into our next year. This year is very important to us because going into 2018 we were very low. We're very low on clothing, we ' re very low on food clothes, blankets and sleeping bags." Volunteers retrieved clothes, food and even monetary donations from those who stopped by. " [I donated] a bunch of clothes and the little travel things from motels. I save them all year," said one woman. "I just had some stuff in the garage that needed to go and cleaned out some closets. [I dropped off] some water, just things that y'all might need," said another woman who comes every year. Love & Care Ministries depends on these donations to help those who come to them for help. One woman dropped off hundreds of canned food items that the National Junior Honor Society collected. " They had a month to bring all the cans and I had a competition between classes and my second period won … I think we collected over 300 [cans]," said one woman as she unloaded her car. Although the organization started out helping the homeless, 85 percent of people they help now are working and just have a hard time supporting themselves or their family. Mission Thanksgiving ends at 7 p.m.