Several People Receive Thanksgiving Meals Thanks To Some Special People

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

Many of us enjoyed a big Thanksgiving dinner.

Some people throughout eastern Kentucky are not so lucky.

Many were at work giving up their Thanksgiving meal and donating it to others.

Like many who have to work on Thanksgiving, several workers at the Britthaven nursing home in Cumberland were given a Thanksgiving meal. But some workers didn't eat it.

“I'd rather give up my meal for somebody that would need it more than I do,” Victoria Nicholas said.

So they packed up the food and lit up the eyes of several people in Cumberland.

“Without these meals, I feel half of these people would not have a Thanksgiving,” Nicholas said.

Then it was on to Teddy Miles home.

“I opened the refrigerator in this house here and there was nothing but milk, and you can't live on milk alone,” Jim “Muggins” Bennett said.

This Thanksgiving, Miles won't go hungry.

“I think it's good, good to have, I appreciate everything you know,” Teddy Miles said.

“It was nice to give it to him. It didn't bother me, just to know somebody else needed it more than I did,” Mary Gaines said.

“It made me realize how fortunate me, and a lot of others really are,” Nicholas said.

At least this Thanksgiving, not as many people less fortunate, will have to go without.

A group from Britthaven does this every year.

The leader of the group, Jim “Muggins” Bennett, is also gearing up for his annual empty stocking fund, which will provide toys and food to families across the mountains on December 20th.

He relies on a televised auction, that will air in the Tri-Cities on December 3rd and 4th, to help with the empty stocking fund.


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  • by mom Location: ky on Dec 1, 2008 at 03:30 PM
    to md in jackson::: how much do you spend on food a month? do you know how much it costs for groceries just to keep from starving? are you mad because you don't get food stamps? oh and by the way do you know anything about the wic program? yeah you get some help with formula and juice, it doesn't go very far.. obviously you don't have a clue what you are talking about.
  • by Shawna on Nov 29, 2008 at 02:03 PM
    I think that it is GREAT!! I love hearing of speical people doing such selfless acts. Great job! That is really what Thanksgiving is all about.
  • by MD Location: Jackson Co on Nov 29, 2008 at 09:33 AM
    I love stories like this! This is what it's all about - giving and not expecting anything in return. I challenge everyone to try it............. Not to put a damper on this story, but I have a suggestion. When a family receiving food stamps has a brand new baby born, that newborn is automatically given the same amount in food stamps a month as a grown adult would receive. If the baby's family is on food stamps, the baby already qualifies for WIC and is getting vouchers for it's formula (if mother is not nursing, in that case, the mother receives WIC vouchers for her health). So, why would a newborn infant NEED all those extra food stamps? How about giving those extra food stamps to the elderly, who could really use them, and give only a small limited amount to those newborns for the first year of their lives? Makes sense to me. A know a family of 3, with a baby under 1 year old (who also receives WIC vouchers) and those 2 adults & baby receive over $400 a month in food stamps.

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