Families Receive Thanksgiving Dinners from Helping Hands of Midland

by Roma Vivas
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND- Organizations across the Permian Basin are making sure families in need have food on their table this week. On Sunday afternoon, Helping Hands of Midland gave Thanksgiving dinners to more than 350 low-income families.

"I am from Midland Texas and Helping Hands is really helping out the community," Rita Peeples, Received Food at Helping Hands, said.

On Sunday, Rita Peeples feels relieved she already has what she needs to cook this year's Thanksgiving dinner.

"I came by last year for Thanksgiving, my family help me make though Christmas but Helping Hands is always there, they are always around," Peeples said.

Peeples said gas prices might have down but people are still in need.

"Cause people need help, particularly in this economy right now. I mean we have children, everyone needs a little help right now," Peeples said.

Volunteers gave out not just Thanksgiving food, but enough food for the rest of the week.

"Families that fall way below the poverty level and without our assistance we can pretty much guarantee that they would have no Thanksgiving dinner," Mary Hardin, Executive Director of Helping Hands in Midland, said.

This is the second year the nonprofit teams up with Midland's ISD to help more than 500 kids and their families.

"This project is really important because the families that we deal with on a daily basis are families with 200 percent poverty level. so these are families who are in really need of our help," Ema Galindo, with M.I.S.D. Project Head Start, said.