Organizations distribute turkeys, food to families in need

Photo courtesy of Wassim Mahfouz Facebook Lebanese American Heritage Club Executive Director Wassim Mahfouz (second from left) and a Dearborn Police Explorer load bags filled with foods into a truck for local families in need during the LAHC’s 13th annual Turkey Drive Nov. 17.

Photo courtesy of Wassim Mahfouz Facebook
Lebanese American Heritage Club Executive Director Wassim Mahfouz (second from left) and a Dearborn Police Explorer load bags filled with foods into a truck for local families in need during the LAHC’s 13th annual Turkey Drive Nov. 17.

By ZEINAB NAJM
Times-Herald Newspapers

Dearborn and Dearborn Heights organizations collected and distributed thousands of turkeys and food items to local families in need following donations from residents and company partners.

HYPE Athletics, the Lebanese American Heritage Club, Amity Foundation and Zaman International are some of the organizations that reached out to the community in order to provide for families.

The LAHC held its 13th annual Turkey Drive Nov. 17 where it provided 600 turkeys and bags with food for a Thanksgiving dinner to income eligible families. According to a Facebook post by LAHC Executive Director Wassim Mahfouz, families included refugees, veterans, children, victims of domestic violence, homeless and seniors.

“To some, it is a turkey bird and a food basket,” Mahfouz wrote on Facebook. “However, to those on the receiving end, it is a treasured time and great memories they will get to celebrate with their loved ones.”

Some of the partners in the LAHC drive are Meijer, FritoLay, Sam Alshawish ITC Holdings Corp., DTE Energy, the Dearborn Police Department, Fairlane Ford, Dearborn Heights Police Department and elected officials.

HYPE hosted a Thanksgiving Feed A Family telethon Nov. 18 to raise money for its goal of feeding 1,000 families across metropolitan Detroit on Thanksgiving. The following day, volunteers packaged and sorted turkeys, dry items and canned goods.

Local businesses, religious institutions and the community were asked to donate $50 allowing HYPE to provide dinners for a family of six.

A Thanksgiving Dinner was hosted by HYPE Nov. 20 and 21 along with Project Dignity Outreach for homeless veterans and those in need locally.

Students from the Dearborn Public Schools high schools donated money and food collected through their fourth annual Battling Against Hunger drive to the Amity Foundation and Zaman International.

Zaman posted on Facebook that the food collected was enough to fill three trucks and the items will ensure that their client-choice food pantry will remain filled for local families.

Amity Foundation teamed up with students at Fordson, Dearborn, Edsel and Crestwood high schools to collect hundreds of canned foods and funds to provide families Thanksgiving dinners.

Students and community members volunteered their time to assemble 700 food boxes and distribute 1,000 turkeys to families in need on Nov. 17 at the Hanini Outreach Center.

“With over 200 volunteers, the Amity Foundation has spearheaded several relief and goodwill efforts such as providing and distributing meals, coats, Thanksgiving boxes and rehabbing homes for families in need,” an Amity Foundation press release read.

According to the release, Thanksgiving dinners will be delivered to residents in Dearborn, Dearborn Heights and the Warrendale neighborhood of Detroit.

“The following organizations for will also receive Thanksgiving dinners for distribution: ACCESS Domestic Violence Program, Ann Arbor Safe House, Inkster Starfish Services, Muslim Center, S.O.S. Community Services, Masjid Wali Muhammad, I.M.A.M., St. Barbara Church, Most Holy Redeemer Church, Masjid Al-Salam, Basilica of St. May Antiochian Orthodox Church and Flagship Charter Academy in Detroit,” the release said.

(Zeinab Najm can be reached at zeinabnajm92@gmail.com.)