We began our campaign humbly in 1999 with just a few bags of canned goods donated to the families our organization serves so they could have a Happy Thanksgiving. Our program has grown through the needs of our community and the generosity of our donors.
We have been proud to serve our community faithfully with this program, however the economy has negatively affected our community, as you know, and our needs have grown greatly as the families we serve have drastically increased. We expect to give out more than 520 bags of perishable and non-perishable foodstuffs domestic violence survivors and their children this November, so they too will have a nutritious meal on Thanksgiving Day.
2017 marks W.O.M.E.N.’s 18th year hosting our annual Thanksgiving Giveaway. This year, we will be donating holiday food baskets to Human Trafficking Survivors in the Middle TN area. The baskets will provide survivors and their families with all of the ingredients for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. In addition to collecting non-perishable items, we are also looking provide meat (chicken, turkey, hen etc.) for these families. Due to the fact that meat will need to be purchased closer to Thanksgiving Day, we ask that those wanting to help in this way donate gift cards so that we may purchase it.
A list of the non-perishable items needed for the baskets can be found below.
Boxed Stuffing Mix (like Stovetop)
Instant Mashed Potatoes in boxes or packets
Jars or packets of Gravy Mix
Canned Veggies (green beans, corn, peas)
Canned Pumpkin or Fruit Pie Filling
Pie Crust Mix
Salt and Pepper
Boxed Macaroni and Cheese
Fixings for Green Bean Casserole – Cream of Mushroom Soup, Canned Green Beans, French Fried Onions
Cake Mix or Brownie Mix and Can of Frosting
Bags of Dried Beans or Rice
Boxes of Jell-O or Pudding Mix
Box of Graham Crackers
Disposable roasting pans
Disposable pie tins