First 5 Madera County and Thrive Fitness partnered for the third year in a row to give Thanksgiving dinners to 38 needy families Tuesday.
The families filed into the First 5 Family Resource Center to receive a turkey, canned goods, mashed potatoes and a pie, all donated by Thrive Fitness, said the center’s manager, Erika Wright.
“These are struggling families and we just want them to have the same experience that we all have — that time for family bonding and memories — regardless of their income,” she said. “All of the families were appreciative and grateful.”
The Family Resource Center helps local families find resources in the community to meet their basic needs and help them achieve self-sufficiency. Employees chose the neediest families to give the turkey dinners to in hopes of alleviating added stresses of the holidays, Wright said...