FLINT TWP. — Four struggling families — one from each of the four elementary schools in the Carman-Ainsworth school district — will have a free Thanksgiving dinner to enjoy, courtesy of the Flint Township Firefighters Association.
The association has provided the dinners for more years than Ryan Woods, association president, can remember.
The heat-and-eat meals are purchased at Thompson Creek Turkey Farms on Mill Road, Woods said. In the past, the recipient families picked up the meals at a prearranged time a few days before Thanksgiving.
But due to transportation problems and other glitches in past years, a crew of fire- fighters decided it would be best to personally deliver the meals this year, Woods said. Three meal packages will be dropped off a day or two in advance but one family’s dire situation will get a special delivery on Thanksgiving Day.
The dinners come with instructions on how to warm everything up for Thanksgiving dinner, Woods said. But one family this year lives in such unfortunate circumstances that they do not have a means to reheat the food on Thanksgiving Day.
So Woods has arranged to personally pick up the food on Thanksgiving and deliver the hot meal to the family.
“It is a real tear jerker,” Woods said. “I said if they have no means to do it (reheat the meal) I will make it work. Thompson Creek thankfully is open for half a day on Thanksgiving.”
The names of the recipient families are provided by Carman-Ainsworth administrators. The only stipulation is that the families are township residents so that the meals are helping “those we serve,” Woods said.
Purchasing the meals at Thompson Creek also ensures that the money supports a township business.
“We try to get families with a couple of kids,” Woods said.