The afternoon had barely turned into evening on November 14, 2018, and Michelle Jenkins, a proud resident of the Southside of Fort Worth, was already waiting in line inside the Sycamore Community and Family Services Center for a Thanksgiving meal.
“I wanted to be one of the first ones in line to get my Thanksgiving dinner, because I believe there is going to be a long line out here, because the food is always exceptional, and I didn’t want to miss out. In addition, I have two sons and exposing them to positive black males is always as bonus, plus my son wanted to see yall hop and jump around” said big smiling Michelle.
Michelle Jenkins, who is battling unemployment, has been coming to the Thanksgiving Serve meal give-a-way for the last three years. This year she is accompanied by her 14-year-old nephew, James and her younger niece Raquel. She said she's grateful to be alive and to be able to share another Thanksgiving with her kids, family, and friends.
“It means a lot to me, especially for people on the Southside. A lot of us are low-income and middle-class people, just working hard and looking for a little help." Jenkins said. "They (Omega Men) help the poor people in the area, the middle class, they just help everybody, especially single moms and kids"
Just then Teddy Jones, one of the two Epsilon Alpha coordinators stated, “Please come on in and get your plate from one of the brothers and come on down the line, we have a large variety of food to hopefully please everybody. There's going to be plenty of turkey and dressing, so everybody take your time and practice good manners.”
Over a hundred pounds of food will be handed out this year. We set a goal of just helping the community by being able to feed at least 100 people and families, but the love and generosity from the chapter (Epsilon Alpha members), as well as the community, touched us, as they continued to pour donations into us, allowing us to be able to bless over 300 families and people. We set a record, but more importantly we did good for the people of the community.”.
Jeff Garcia, a homeless man, stated "This is outstanding, and the cold and rainy weather we have had lately would not keep me away from a free and hardy meal and the chance to meet new people.”
The Thanksgiving Serve was from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Sycamore Community Center in Fort Worth, TX. The Thanksgiving Serve was a free event designed to benefit the homeless and lower income families and provide them with food, fun, and a means to hopefully a better life. It was a joint effort event in conjunction with the Parks and Recreation Department of Fort Worth and several other community and non-profit business and organizations.