Florence community bands together to help those in need on Thanksgiving

FLORENCE, Ky. -- Thanksgiving for Randy Hamilton used to involve standing on the soup line in Covington. He had hit a rough patch in life and didn’t have a Thanksgiving feast to share with a family.

But this year is different: Hamilton is one of several Florence volunteers who helped give back to those in need this holiday season at the TLC Learning Center.

“When you have been there and you have done that and you see somebody in the spot you have been, you kind of look back down and touch them a little bit,” Hamilton said. “You see if you can't help them get up back where you’re at.”

This was the first time the Northern Kentucky daycare provided food and clothing to those who desperately need it.

But the volunteers there say it wont be their last.

“We just want to teach the kids what Thanksgiving is all about,” Coordinator Savannah Jackson said. “We Facebooked. I believe we put it on Craigslist also. We took flyers to so many places.”

Although they tried to get the word out the best they could, volunteers at the daycare said the turnout on Thanksgiving was small.

But they know the need is still there.

After eating a hot meal, those who showed up were given hats, scarves and gloves to stay warm.

“Around Thanksgiving, we don't tell our kids about pilgrims and all of that,” Jackson said. “We’re telling them more about the sales at Black Friday.”

Jackson said she’s hoping that word of their effort will spread and next year there will be a much bigger turnout.

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