Volunteers deliver meals

Published 2:33 am Saturday, November 24, 2018

local group of volunteers who delivered hot Thanksgiving day meals to Hurricane Michael victims in Panama City said they were overwhelmed by the response they received.

Dana Kyle Barefoot coordinated the effort that also included supplies for those in need.

Elizabeth Carter Griffin was among the volunteers.

“People loved the blankets, socks, and suggins, and were very appreciative and grateful of the warm, tradition meals,” Griffin said. “One lady got out of her car and just started crying. All she could say was, ‘It’s been so rough. It’s been so rough.’ She got two plates and left.

“A man came who had slept under a bridge between Destin and Panama City (Wednesday) night. He hitchhiked a ride to where we were. A guy named Reno was there and was trying to help homeless people, so he was able to get the guy a tent at ‘tent city,’ which he said was in the First Methodist Church parking lot. Another lady came to get a plate and all her belongings were in the back seat of her car.

“It was really sad and humbling,” Griffin said. “To think how we take for granted a hot shower and comfortable bed, and then meet someone who slept under a bridge and woke up freezing. It put a whole new meaning to the word Thanksgiving.”

The group served 200 plates to those in need, and delivered 40 to the fire department.

–Michele Gerlach