Firefighters donate 75 Thanksgiving meals to families in need

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – It’s the season of giving. 

And the Bowling Green Fire Association just gave a whole lot. 

“People have been very grateful and again we’re just very excited that we can do this for our families and help make a difference in their holiday,” said the Family Enrichment Center’s Director of Development Katie Dykes. 

This morning the Bowling Green Firefighters Association delivered 75 donated Thanksgiving meal boxes to the Family Enrichment Center. 

“Seventy five thanksgiving baskets, including everything for the whole meal. Turkey, potatoes, a couple sides, gravy, two liter soda, and a pie of some kind. And we box ’em all up,” said firefighter Craig White. 

The boxes will be distributed to the center’s client families enrolled in the Wee Care Childcare Center, parent education classes, the Parents as Teachers programs and foster grandparents. 

“We always love doing this every year because it helps our families, especially in times of the pandemic when you know they’re not able to be with extended family. We ensure they have a good holiday and full bellies on thanksgiving,” said Dykes. 

Nearly 70% of the families served by the center qualify for services based on their income. 

And with the pandemic, times have been even tougher. 

“We’re really involved and engrained in our community anyway, so doing stuff like this just helps us give back you know and those that are less fortunate, especially during these times. Anyway we can help, and we feel like this is a pretty big impact for needy families in the area,” said White. 

They hope to make the holidays filled with joy and happiness. 

“The children of this community are the future of this community. So ensuring that they have great childhoods and great experiences growing up is ensuring that we have a great group of future leaders for this community to prosper,” said Dykes.