Jefferson City Elks spread Thanksgiving spirit

Dozens of needy families in Jefferson City had a full Thanksgiving dinner delivered to their homes, courtesy of the Elks Lodge.

About 30 Elks put together 60 baskets full of food and fanned out across the city to deliver them. Organizer Eileen Scrivner said the baskets contain everything a family needs to enjoy a full Thanksgiving.

"There's enough to make a green bean casserole, sweet potatoes with marshmallows," Scrivner said. "We give them a turkey, pumpkin pie, rolls, the works."

Scrivner said it has taken months for their organization to obtain the necessary foodstuffs and funds in order to help 60 families, but that it is worth it to see everyone get their fill. "That's what drives us to do this kind of a project, because we want them to have something really nice like any other family would have on Thanksgiving day."

In addition to receiving a basket of food, Recipients also got a chance to learn more about the Elks and have a pleasant conversation with its members.

Recipient Linda Potts said she plans to share the food that she received from the Elks with two other families who are in need. "It's to help other people that don't have family, or don't have family that are able to cook," Potts said.

This year, the Jefferson City Elks helped twice as many families as it did in 2012. Scrivner said she hopes to further expand the effort next year. For now, she said it's their pleasure to try and help Jefferson City's families from going hungry.