Hot meal served at shelter on annual Day of Thanks

November 22, 2018
Tracy Langley (left) and Danielle Gainey (right) were the main event planners for the day.

FLORENCE, S.C. — Dozens of volunteers gathered Wednesday at the Courtney McGinnis Graham Community Shelter to give out Thanksgiving meals to the Florence community.

Hundreds of meals were given out during the fourth annual Day of Thanks, an event put on by Signature Wealth Strategies.

Danielle Gainey, administrative assistant for Signature Wealth and the event planner, said the Day of Thanks is a way for the company to support the community.

“We come into the House of Hope; this is our third year at the House of Hope and our fourth year total, and we just try to make sure that everybody that’s not as blessed as we are gets a hot Thanksgiving meal,” Gainey said.

Gainey said the company prepared approximately 400 plates last year and was hoping to prepare roughly 500 this year. She said the Day of Thanks wouldn’t have been possible without the help and donations of several other businesses from around the Pee Dee.

Victor’s Restaurant cooked the food, Coca-Cola donated 360 drinks, Jimmy John’s donated food for volunteers and several other organizations provided volunteers to help serve the food and participate in the event.

On the menu for the day was turkey, ham, corn bread, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes and gravy, collard greens and cookies.

“From my understanding, their cook [Victor’s] went in at 1 a.m. this morning, and we couldn’t have done it without them and without everyone that pitched in to help,” Gainey said.

In addition to the meal, Gainey said, the event had coloring stations and snack bags for the kids.

One untraditional service that was being offered Wednesday was Christmas cards. Anyone taking part in the meal was invited to write a card to family members. If the person could provide an address, the holiday card would be mailed free. The company had a phone book on hand for people to look up addresses if they didn’t know it.

“It’s a great day,” Gainey said. “It’s something we look forward to doing, and it’s just a blessing to be able to help in the community.”

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