Thomas County Mana Drop helps local families in need on MLK Service Day

By: Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News
January 21, 2019

THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WCTV) -- Monday, Hands on Thomas County celebrated MLK Service Day by hosting its 15th annual Mana Drop at Harper Elementary.

By 9:30 a.m., cars were lined up and wrapped around the campus.

Dozens of volunteers distributed food to around 150 local families. Each family received a bag overflowing with food items, like canned goods and fresh produce.

"I really think it's a blessing to give out on this kind of day," said Herbert Futch Sr., a resident picking up food.

"There are people and families that really need the help," said another resident in line.

For local volunteers, MLK Service Day means a day on, not a day off.

"Just knowing that we help someone. Maybe they didn't have food at home, so it's just that great feeling knowing we took care of them," said Ali Harvey with Hands on Thomas County.

For local families in need, it's a day they'll always cherish.

"I think it's very important to the community because people like me don't have very much," said Futch.

Families were overwhelmed with gratitude on a successful day of service that honors the legacy and vision of Dr. King.

HOTC says it takes a community effort with the help of volunteers from Delta Theta Sigma and food from Second Harvest of South Georgia.