Thanksgiving comes early for hundreds of needy families

LENOIR CITY, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Thanksgiving is less than a week away and while you might have already shopped for your big meal; some people won't be able to afford a holiday feast this year. That's why The Good Samaritan Center of Loudon County has hundreds of food baskets ready to go for Saturday's distribution.

It all started in 1999 with 30 families and since then it's grown to over 800 families.

Together with Walmart, GoodSam buys all the food for the baskets with money donated from the people of Loudon County.

Each basket costs around $25.00 and includes turkey, stuffing, yams, green beans, corn, rolls cranberry sauce and dessert.

Donnie Wells, a manager at Walmart said "It doesn't seem like a lot but then you hand a family a basket and they tear up because they are so grateful-- it really makes it all worth wild."

If you want to help GoodSam; visit the link to the side.

Join the Conversation!

While WVLT allows comments on articles, we ask that you respect the online community. Comments may be removed at any time for violations including:

  • Obscenity, profanity, vulgarity, racism, violent descriptions, name-calling or personal attacks.
  • Abuse of multiple accounts.
  • Off-topic comments.

Comments may be checked for inappropriate content or rule violation, but the station is under no legal obligation to monitor or remove comments. If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator. 
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

powered by Disqus


6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 233070861 -
Gray Television, Inc.