The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s Bloomington-Normal Youth Council will offer Thanksgiving meals to residents of the Bloomington Housing Authority from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Boys & Girls Club in Bloomington.
“We’re excited to provide Thanksgiving meals to residents of the Bloomington Housing Authority, and the NAACP Youth Council has already started shopping for turkey, fillings, vegetables and desserts for the families,” said Bradley Ross Jackson, president of the NAACP -Youth council. “In addition to the advocacy of racial equality, [we] also focus on helping the oppressed, marginalized and underserved. “
The event was made possible by a grant Jackson received from a Why I See You (YICU) Service Award along with donations from Amazon.
“In order to [the grant] We are able to pay for all the turkeys and all meals we give to girls and boys at Bloomington Housing Authority, ”said Jackson. “We know this will have a positive impact, and Amazon has helped us with that too.”
The main objective of the event is to provide families with meals and also to give them the opportunity to socialize.
“We believe in reaching out and touching someone because at this point in history there is a pandemic and we know everyone wants to feel valued and to see each other again and have friends and family,” said Jackson.
The event connects the Bloomington normal community while serving those in need.
“I think every time we have the opportunity to work with a different partner in our community it shows how strong and connected our Bloomington Normal community is,” said Tony Morstatter, Chief Executive Officer of Boys & Girls Bloomington-Normal clubs. “This partnership with the NAACP Youth Council is important to us, especially this opportunity, as it provides access to a resource in an area of our community that does not necessarily have that accessibility.”
To learn more about the Bloomington Normal NAACP, visit its website.
MEGAN SPOERLEIN is a news and feature reporter for The Vidette. Spoerlein can be contacted at [email protected] Follow Spoerlein on Twitter @meganspoerlein.
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