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Judy Mason Thanksgiving Basket Project to feed 20,000 this holiday season

Judy Mason Thanksgiving Basket Project to feed 20,000 this holiday season


DECATUR– 4,000 Macon County Families are getting a Thanksgiving dinner, in part, thanks to the Judy Mason Thanksgiving Basket Project.


Junior Welfare Association, along with nearly 300 volunteers Sunday afternoon, completed packaging the 4,000 boxes filled with food that will be distributed later this week.


“We have had great turnout at all of our volunteer events this year, but today might be the busiest we have ever had,” Project organizer Julia Roundtree Livingston said. “This community is so awesome and so charitable to help make this project happen each and every year.”


The boxes, Livingston says, are filled with 21 to 24 items each, including egg noodles, muffin mix, jello, packaged dinners, and ham.


Livingston says the 4,000 boxes will help provide dinners for well over 20,000 people, “The 4,000 boxes seem like a lot but when you step back and see just how many people are being served it really comes into focus just how many people are being helped.”


Livingston says the charitable organizations they give the boxes to, like the Salvation Army and Catholic Charities will pick up the boxes Monday before distributing them to the individual families during the week.


The project was first started by residents Terry, and Judy Mason 18 years ago. When the project began at the Mason’s house there were just 6 boxes packed that first year; that number has grown just about each year since topping out at 4,000 boxes the past couple of years.