Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

Latest News

November 20, 2012

Anonymous group gives away 300 Thanksgiving dinners

BLOOMING GROVE — Four generations, or about 65 people, gathered Saturday for what is turning into a happy new tradition  — feeding the hungry a Thanksgiving meal.

The family asked that their names not to be used, something the Daily Sun doesn’t normally permit, but it was a good cause.

Four long tables, each more than 25 feet long, were set up in the yard in front of the Salvation Army. At one end, someone would rip into a box of turkeys, handing a frozen bird to the next person in line. From there, the box was sent forward where more volunteers added stuffing mix, cans of vegetables, pie filling and other side dish necessities.

“Grandma” stood at the end of one line, leaning a little on her cane. A medical condition makes it impossible for her lift turkeys and heavy boxes now, but she likes to attend, to watch and encourage.

“We’re giving it from the heart,” she said. Her three daughters have 10 grand-children amongst them, and there are 22 great-grandchildren, she explained. For this event, the entire family gathered from the Fort Worth area primarily, but also from as far away as Maryland. The cost of the food is spread out among the family members, according to grandma.

This was the third year the family has provided and packed Thanksgiving boxes for the needy in Navarro County. The first year, they did 100 boxes, last year it was 200 boxes, and this year it was 300 boxes.

The decision to provide Thanksgiving dinner was a natural, grandma said, gesturing a little towards her healthy-looking brood.

“We thought, ‘what can we do to help this community?’ and there’s nothing like feeding people,” she explained. “They need food to make you feel good about Christmas and Thanksgiving.”

Not all the people volunteering Saturday were family. Some were friends and neighbors who asked to be allowed to help.

“It’s a good work,” said one neighbor. “It’s great to be part of their generosity.”

Seated away from the activity was “grandpa,” who talked with a friend and occasionally offered advice. A former military man, grandpa seemed to appreciate the orderliness of the process.

“We’re just glad we can help,” he said. “I’m very proud of my family, my grandchildren and great-grandchildren.”

Standing off to one side were Sgt. Toby Romack of the Salvation Army and John Baker, chairman of the Salvation Army’s advisory board.

“It’s a wonderful thing,” Baker said. “They’ve even got little kids. They’re teaching the next generation to give.”

One of the great-grandchildren, Shawn, who lives in Euless, brought his fiancee to help pack boxes. After all the packing is done, the family and friends will gather for a big pre-Thanksgiving feast.

“We’re grateful for what we have,” Shawn said. “It’s a blessing to be able to do this.”


Janet Jacobs may be reached via e-mail at Want to “sound off” to this article? E-mail:

Text Only
Latest News
  • 7-23-14 pianos main.jpg Public pianos invite players

    Corsicana has always been a musical town, with emphasis on country and western, rock and roll, bluegrass and Gospel, but now the parks and recreation department is moving towards bringing music to the masses in a different way. They’re going to put pianos downtown, on the sidewalks for anyone to play at random.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Navarro County 4-H Club holds event

    Texas A&M AgriLife Extention will hold Summer Exploration Days at the Navarro County Expo on Tuesday, July 29 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

    July 22, 2014

  • New date for IPL Job Fair announced

    Tarrant Regional Water District IPL (integrated pipe line) Project will hold a Job Fair from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 at The Cook Center.

    July 22, 2014

  • Making voting easier

    A new county-wide voting system would let voters cast a ballot at any polling place on election day, eliminating the need to drive to a specific precinct to vote.

    July 22, 2014

  • Aaron Tidwell Tidwell tapped for top Mildred High post

    A baseball coach at heart, about a year ago Aaron Tidwell began to seriously focus on education administration. He just didn’t think an opportunity would present itself so soon. Mildred Independent School District board members approved the 31-year-old Corsicana native as the high school’s new principal Monday night.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • OCIW treasure Mantle worthy: Oil City presented with Texas Treasure Business Award

    Maybe Oil City Iron Works is worth double the treasure. After all, the local icon honored Monday with a state award for employers in business for 50 years has actually been around for 128.

    July 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • 7-22-14 meth raid.jpg Five arrested in meth raid

    The Corsicana Police Department executed a raid on an alleged meth house Saturday afternoon, and it was done in about 45 minutes, all but the paperwork.
    “That part is on-going, reports and follow-up,” said Police Chief Randy Bratton on Monday.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Perry orders 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to border

    AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry says he's deploying as many as 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border after growing tied of "lip service" from the federal government.

    July 21, 2014

  • 7-19-14 plane leaving.jpg F-4 jet leaving Navarro College for new Florida home

    It stood for years in front of the Cook Center at Navarro College. Now, like so many “retirees,” it’s Florida bound.
    It took several days to partially dismantle the F-4 Phantom fighter jet enough to travel, but it was done this week.

    July 20, 2014 2 Photos

  • Mildred to consider Tidwell as principal

    The Mildred Independent School District Board of Trustees will consider appointing current baseball coach Aaron Tidwell as the new Mildred High School principal when the group meets in regular session Monday.

    July 20, 2014