Thanksgiving Turkey Event Brought Smiles To Some Homeless And Very Needy Families

A very dignified event which was coordinated  by State Representative Hazelle Rogers, District 94 provided a very special Thanksgiving meal , clothing and personal hygiene items for over 100 homeless and needy families in and around the Lauderdale Lakes Community.  The event was held on Saturday November 19th from 3pm – 6pm inside the Garden Center at the Lauderdale Lakes Wal-Mart.  The Wal-Mart Garden Center area was transformed into a Dining area with tables covered with white table cloth and enough seating for the evening guests.
In an effort to reach the homeless organizers and supporters of the event spent several days visiting bus shelters, shopping plaza’s and strip malls to get the word out  to this group about the event.  They also reached out to the Social Service Department in the neighboring cities, the local Veteran organization, local Schools and Church’s to identify veterans and needy families that could benefit.
The event would not have been possible without corporate partners and co-sponsors Wal-Mart and Enterprise Leasing, both of Lauderdale Lakes. “Wal-Mart has always had a passion and a commitment for the community where our associate’s live and work,” said Gail Wilkerson, Market Human Resource Manager, Market 108 & 109.  “This event was a great opportunity, for us to show our compassion and concern for those in need during the holiday season. We look forward to doing more events like this in the future.” “Enterprise Rent-A-Car is proud to join with State Representative Hazelle Rogers, Wal-Mart and the other partners to help make this Thanksgiving special for some of the homeless and needy families in the community, who otherwise might not have the resources to enjoy a turkey dinner with all the fixings,” said Steve Waiser, Regional Business Manager of Enterprise Holdings.
The event was supported by the Greater Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce, Greater Caribbean American Cultural Coalition, Caribbean Vibes Marketing, Unity New Testament Church, Ambassador SDA Church and New Life Fellowship Center.  Dozens of volunteers from the community also gave of their time in preparing and serving the meals alongside employees from Wal-Mart and Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

Representative Rogers is working with both corporate partners to continue to do this event twice per year and for as long as this economic crisis is affecting children and families and veterans in our community.