Helping Hands Day free turkey registration is Friday


THOMASVILLE — The Thomasville/Thomas County Homeless Coalition and Community Outreach Training Center (COTC) are partnering for two events to benefit the less fortunate in the community.

Helping Hands Day 2018 is Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018.

"November is National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Month, a perfect time to share compassion with our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness and/or are less fortunate," said Sharon Edwards, Homeless Coalition chairman and COTC founder and chief executive officer.

Each week before Thanksgiving, National Hunger and Homelessness Week is observed and this year it is Nov. 11-19.

The Nov. 17 event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Celebration Church, 5413 U.S. 319 South.

Edwards said several ministries and organizations have signed up to help by donating time and items, but more help is needed.

"To make this day successful, donations are needed of new or slightly used clothing, especially men and children, coats, blankets, personal hygiene packages, including tooth paste, deodorant, lotion, shampoo, hand sanitizer, soaps, body wash for men and women, combs and brushes, toilet tissue, wipes, diapers, hot dogs, chips and drinks," Edwards said. "Monetary donations always are accepted."

Registration for free turkeys ends Friday. Registration is from noon to 2 p.m. at the COTC office, 125 Lester St. Photo ID and proof of address are required at registration.

A manna drop is scheduled for Helping Hands Day.

Groups interested in contributing may do so by contacting the COTC office. 

Edward said about 230 families were serviced in 2017 and more are expected this year.

Senior reporter Patti Dozier can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1820