BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - 27 gift baskets packed full of Thanksgiving goodies were given out to those in need Monday afternoon.
The North Brunswick High School JROTC held a food drive that collected more than 1,000 non-perishable food items.
Brunswick County Family Assistance helped choose which 27 families in the county would receive the gift baskets.
The non-perishables in each basket were topped off with turkey, chicken, collards, rolls and all other fixings for a holiday feast.
The JROTC team does a service project every year as part of their curriculum.
The schools JROTC senior army instructor, Col. Steve Baker, said the need for the food drive was greater this year due to the struggles many are facing after Hurricane Florence.
“This year we were shooting for 25 and then we got enough to supply 27," Baker said. "So in addition to the need obviously that we noticed from the hurricane, we got more participation from the school this year than we have in the past.”
In addition to the Thanksgiving meal, Baker said the non-perishable items each family will get will be enough for them to use through Christmas.
“They’re getting a full, big basket of a turkey and ham and chicken and all the fixins' for the meal but they’re getting enough canned and non-perishables to last for a long time, maybe up to Christmas,” Baker said. "So hopefully it’s making a big difference in their life in their struggle that a lot of them are going through right now.
One of the JROTC members, Jayda Rascoe, who was involved in the service project says it’s a good feeling to know these families will be able to have a Thanksgiving this year.
“It’s a great feeling to know that we can help families have Thanksgiving dinners and even more food for days after that."
Col. Baker said this is the most participation they’ve had for any of their service projects they’ve done over the past six years.