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Annette Neal places cartons of eggs as members of the Southwest Community Club assemble food baskets for Thanksgiving. Ann McClellan is seen behind. DALLUS WHITFIELD / The Wilson Post
Annette Neal- chairman, Debbie Jennings- treasurer, Claudine Martin-secretary, President Glenda Seay and J.W. McGuire- advisor. DALLUS WHITFIELD / The Wilson Post

The Southwest Community Club is providing Thanksgiving feasts for 20 local families this year.

Club members met at the Market Street Community Center on Monday to prepare food boxes for pickup or delivery before the holiday.

The annual outreach has increased from 15 boxes last year, said Southwest Community Club President Glenda Seay.

She said they had more funds this year to buy items and make the five additional boxes.

"It's not just a turkey. They are getting the whole thing," she said, pointing out stuffing mix, green beans, corn, flour, bread, butter, eggs, cake mix and icing in the boxes.

Box recipients are drawn at-random by the club. "We put in the names and then draw. The first 20 drawn get baskets," Seay added. "Some people come by and pick them up. Some are sick or don't have a way to get here, so we also do deliveries."

The Southwest Community Club has a fish fry, Christmas dinner and other fundraisers throughout the year which allows them to give back.

Seay said in December they will take three people on a Christmas shopping spree.

"We take three people shopping. We try to get a male, a female and a single mom," she explained. "We go to Walmart because they have such a variety of things. If they need food, medicine, clothing - it is all there."

Each shopper receives $100 from the club. According to Seay, in past years the manager at Walmart has also donated $25 per person.

"They are getting a $125 shopping spree," she said. "One gentleman was sick last year when we took him. He said that was the first time somebody had taken him shopping and spent that kind of money on him. He's passed away now - but we made his last Christmas a good one."

The Southwest Community Club will hold their Christmas Dinner on Saturday, Dec. 3. The dinner will include live music and a special speaker. Tickets are $15 per person and can be purchased through club members.

For more information, call Club Advisor JW McGuire at (615) 444-9584.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at sgarrett@wilsonpost.com.

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