By: Lanetra Bennett
November 26, 2013
Tallahassee, FL - Tuesday's gloomy weather didn't stop college administrators and police officers from spreading good cheer, and perhaps more importantly a good meal.
As soon as Major Lewis Johnson and Officer Young with the Tallahassee Police Department handed local resident Melanie Newman a box filled with a turkey and all of the trimmings, she immediately screamed, "Oh my God. God bless your heart."
Newman was overwhelmed when expressing how much the Thanksgiving meal means to her. She says, "A whole lot, because I don't have the money to get me no Thanksgiving turkey with. This means everything to me."
FAMU's Interim President, Dr. Larry Robinson, Tallahassee Community College administrators, FAMU and Tallahassee Police, and other university and community leaders began their Tuesday morning by stuffing Thanksgiving baskets at FAMU's Gaither Gym for about 100 families in the community.
Tom Coe, the Interim Tallahassee Police Chief, says, "Everybody's in really good spirits. We got like a conveyor belt. We're putting stuffing in, mashed potatoes, gravy, turkeys. It's just really a nice event."
After assembling the meals, each one was personally delivered.
One woman said, "I thought I was forgotten about."
There was only one way those receiving the meals could repay those who gave them so much to be thankful for. The woman says, "Can I do something? Can I get a hug from y'all? Oh, thank you. God is."
The Thanksgiving basket stuffing and giveaway was spearheaded by FAMU academic advisor, Coach Ray Bellamy. He says this was his ninth year organizing the event at FAMU.
News Release: FAMU
WHAT: Thanksgiving Basket Stuffing Event at FAMU
WHEN: Tuesday, November 26
WHO: Dr. Larry Robinson, FAMU Interim President
Dr. Jim Murdaugh, Tallahassee Community College President
Sheriff Larry Campbell, Leon County Sheriff’s Office
Chief Terence Calloway, FAMU Police Department
Curtis Taylor, Tallahassee Urban League
Attorney Jim Floyd, City of Tallahassee
Patricia Green-Powell, FAMU College of Education
WHERE: Gaither Gymnasium
OVERVIEW: The FAMU Community will partner with Tallahassee Community College, City of Tallahassee, Leon County Sheriff’s Office, Tallahassee Urban League, FAMU Police Department, FAMU School of Education and the FAMU Office of Retention to bring holiday cheer to the needy through Thanksgiving Baskets. Baskets will be packaged and delivered with care.