TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - As barrels across the Wabash Valley fill-up with holiday fixins' those on the receiving end of your food donations are expressing their gratitude.
Terre Haute mother of three, Lauren Henry says she and her husband struggle to put food on the table for their growing children. She says her kids would not have the holiday they deserve if it wasn't for the Share Your Thanksgiving Food Drive.
“A lot of people depend on Catholic Charities during the holiday season to help them get by.”
Lauren works the nightshift cleaning businesses. Her husband is unable to work due to a lack of affordable childcare for their newborn baby.
“I’m the only one working and that’s hard without having a two income family to be able to provide for your family.”
The Henry family is one of many benefiting from the Share Your Thanksgiving Food Drive and services provided through Catholic Charities.
“Just because your family was a little less fortunate, you don’t want your kids to remember that part of the holidays, you don’t want for your kids.”
Lauren says the struggle is real not just during the holiday season.
SHE SAYS THE STRUGGLE IS REAL... NOT JUST DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON.
“I’ve had to go to food pantries, I’ve had to go to soup kitchens, foodbanks, you know. There’s been times where I’ve solely relied on feeding my kids through the week just from going to a food bank or a food pantry.”
She adds, thanks to the generosity of so many people she is able to give her children the holiday experience they deserve.
“It makes you feel really good to be able to have the means to provide a traditional Thanksgiving for your family.”
Donations made through the special drive stay in the community. There are several drop-off sites throughout the area.
Lauren says she does her best to help others since so much has been done to help her and her family.
“That’s my part. They’ve helped me by donating and then I’m going to help by giving that to other people. It makes me feel good. It’s like a whole ‘pay it forward’ process.”