Families across the world will sit down at their tables with their loved ones on Thursday to enjoy a hearty Thanksgiving dinner.
But, if not for the extreme generosity displayed by the families of a Palmerton family market, the day would mean little to those less fortunate.
Thanks to the Country Harvest Family Market, those who may be down on their luck will have theirs too, complete with all the trimmings.
The three families who own the Country Harvest Family Market in Palmerton have again donated turkeys and chickens to the Christian Action Council of Palmerton Area Churches (CACPAC).
The turkeys and chickens were given out both at the Country Harvest Family Market, as well as St. John's Lutheran Church to CACPAC, a ministry of 15 Palmerton Area churches.
Client pickup was held this past Friday at St. John's Lutheran Church, Palmerton. On that day alone, there were 203 households, or 585 people served, according to Charlie Silliman, pantry coordinator.
"We were overwhelmed; it was hectic," Silliman said. "We didn't anticipate having that many people; we did run out of some food items, and some of the people who came in toward the tail end got food, but not the full compliment."
Due to the high demand, the group ran out of turkeys and chickens, said Silliman, who personally went to Country Harvest on Saturday to pick up additional turkeys and chickens for those who couldn't get them on Friday.
"I just can't understand," he said. "We have people who have been at the pantry recently, but might not have been for a year or two years, and didn't show up."
In 2011, CACPAC averaged 151 families per month, or, 401 people per month, said Silliman, who noted the Shepherd House Inc., of Lehighton, is the lead agency for the nine food pantries in Carbon County.
Silliman said that while they used to receive funds from the Emergency Food and Shelter Program, the county was not eligible "because the government said both the unemployment level and poverty level were below their guidelines."
That the owners of Country Harvest once again found it within themselves to donate the food shows how noble their intentions are, Silliman said.
"That means quite a bit to us, because our government funding has been cut back," he said. "And, CACPAC is able to finance some of the needs of the food pantry."