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A delivery worth making

Nearly 40 families in the tri-county region were recipients of a special delivery of Thanksgiving baskets, donated by York Technical College.

Several families in York, Chester and Lancaster counties received an unexpected, yet special delivery, just in time for Thanksgiving. The beautifully fall-inspired wrapped baskets – all topped with handmade bows -  were full of food items that complete a traditional Thanksgiving feast. Each family also received a voucher for the meal’s main attraction – a turkey.

The baskets – 37 in all – were donated by York Technical College and were distributed to families through Carolina Community Actions, Inc. Now in its second year, the service project is a campus-wide initiative in which 34 departments, programs and student organizations participated this year.basketThanksgiving

“As a community partner with York, Chester and Lancaster counties, we are invested, not just in economic impact, but in how we contribute to the quality of life to the individuals and families who call these communities home. We find it an honor to serve the recipients of these baskets, knowing that we are helping to make a difference,” said Melanie E. Jones, vice president of Institutional Advancement and executive director of the York Technical College Foundation.

The baskets help stretch the budget of cash-strapped families who often must make a tough decision this time of year - buy food for Thanksgiving or use the money for necessities like medication or paying a bill.

“We are delighted that York Technical College has partnered again this year with Carolina Community Actions, Inc. We rely on such partnerships to help us meet some of the needs that are in the community,” said Diane Wells, community outreach program manager.

 “Our customers were extremely grateful for the baskets. Many of them are on limited to fixed income. The food helps to supplement the already tight budget at the end of the month.”

Each basket was filled with fixings such as green beans, rice, stuffing, rolls, boxed macaroni and cheese and dessert. Many of the baskets were customized with breakfast items, nutritious snacks personal care items, and even Thanksgiving decor.

In true York Tech spirit of giving, the College accepted a surplus of food. The items were donated to Manna House Pantry operated by Mt. Prospect Baptist Church, located in Rock Hill. Through its food bank, the church distributes weekly food to families in Rock Hill.