Project Cornucopia underway

Published 3:08 pm Thursday, November 3, 2011

Mention Thanksgiving and images of families gathered around a table covered from end to end with turkey and all the trimmings flash to mind.

That’s not how all families spend the holiday. Many cannot afford such a meal.

That reality got Michelle Styron thinking.

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A year ago, Styron, a staffing specialist at Manpower, wanted to do something to help those less fortunate families who could not always afford the perfect Thanksgiving.

Project Cornucopia is a partnership between Manpower and Safe Harbor to donate food to families to provide a Thanksgiving meal.

“I came up with idea last year and (Manpower) thought it was a good idea,” Styron said. “I contacted Kathy Smyth with Safe Harbor and she started working with us. She provided 15 families in the area that Safe Harbor covers. We try to get businesses and individuals to donate food that can be prepared by the families for Thanksgiving.”

For this year, the group decided to help the same amount of families, but the number of donations determines the number of families that can receive the assistance.

“(The number of families) depends on what the turnout of people helping with it is,” Styron said. “We may go up in numbers in years to come, but it just depends on how much response we get. So far, we have minimal stuff. It’s really sad right now.”

Styron said she plans to go to Fort Dale Academy and Greenville High School to speak with the Key Club members to see if each group can help.

Monetary donations can be made to out to Safe Harbor. Styron will take the monetary donations to Safe Harbor and proceed to by perishable goods at the last minute.

“Last year, we gave out two-liter drinks, canned food, and anything you would use to fix a Thanksgiving meal,” Styron said.

Food items and monetary donations can be brought to Manpower Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The deadline to make or bring a donation is Nov. 22 at 5 p.m.

“I’ve lived in Greenville my whole life and always thought of Greenville being a giving community and it’s somewhere that people like to live and call home,” Styron said. “A lot of people feel like they don’t matter but everybody matters.”