WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – Thanksgiving is a day where people often reflect on things they’re thankful for, and sometimes, people forget about those who may not get a turkey dinner.
One local community is thankful for one of its neighbors who is going out of her way to make sure no one is hungry on Thanksgiving.
The Blessing Box sits on the corner of Belmont and Adams avenues in Warren. It is in front of the Kennedy family’s house, and its goal is feeding people in the community.
Tashi Kennedy said the box collects donations, which anyone can take.
“If you have anything, extra dry goods is what we prefer, bring it by and drop it in the box, and if you’re hungry and you walk by, you take something from the box, and then when you have extra you bring it by,” she said.
Kennedy made it in memory of her son who passed away three months ago. It has been up for about five weeks now, and it’s helping a lot of families.
“The food box will go empty and full again, and it’s not an exaggeration to say that this is how at least four families are really getting their meals,” Kennedy said.
Hunger in the Valley is a major problem.
The Second Harvest Food Bank says the amount of food distribution has doubled in the last 10 years.
“Right now, we are filling nearly 15,000 food assistance requests a week in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties,” said Becky Miller.
A box that cost Kennedy about $45 is giving her neighbors so much more.
“There goes at least $40 to $50 every two days in and out of that food box, and people are just using it so much and giving so much blessings. It’s amazing,” Kennedy said.
She stressed that she didn’t want the credit for this box, because it’s not about her.
“It’s about the people who get to eat,” she said.