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Mentoring Organization Provides Thanksgiving Baskets

Elton Hayes | 11/19/2012, 11:48 p.m.

"I'm happy to see all of the young people active and making good use of their time," said 63-year-old Wanda Jones, who lives in Landover, Md. "It doesn't hurt to see the younger generation out here doing something constructive."

Jones retired from her job as a postal clerk with the U.S. Postal Service in 2008 and took advantage of the Thanksgiving basket, which she said will help her enjoy the holiday.

"It's a blessing. It helps with a lot of things due to my limited income that [I'm unable to do]," Jones said. "This allows me a little bit of leverage to do something. I feel good about that. Things are really tough."

In addition to the turkey and trimmings, residents also had their choice of fresh broccoli, large heads of cabbage and bread and cakes, compliments of Priority Partners, a health care organization that works with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

"It was great partnering with Men Aiming Higher, we could clearly see that there was a need that was being met in the community today," said Pauletta Handy, a community health advocate with Priority Partners. "The people left today with produce, meat and everything to have a really healthy Thanksgiving meal."