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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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Friendsgiving pays it forward to emergency responders

Friendsgiving pays it forward to emergency responders

For the second year, a group of local friends have gathered the day before Thanksgiving to prepare a feast, which they then heated and delivered on Thanksgiving morning to others in the community. The group refers to the event as FriendsGiving because the efforts derive from wanting to pay it forward.

Last year, more than 150 local people who were in need of Thanksgiving meals were delivered the hot lunches. This year, the group decided to pay tribute to emergency response people in the Tenth Ward who were on duty Thanksgiving Day.

Recipients included Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies, Harbor Police deputies, Lafourche Ambulance District workers, Lafourche Parish Fire District workers and Lady of the Sea General Hospital employees who were all on duty Thursday.

Combined, the group delivered more than 100 meals to local service workers who had to spend the holiday away from their families and friends in order to protect and serve the residents of Lafourche.

“It’s such an honor to have this group of people get together and do this. Oftentimes people forget that we have to give up holidays and time with our own families when we are on duty,” said Harbor Police Captain Mitch Hohensee.

Kief Hardware & Neighborhood Market donated all of the turkeys as well as ground beef needed for the rice dressing. Bayou Office Machines donated dinner rolls and the LCO Middle School Give Kids the World Club donated hams. The group of friends pooled their money to purchase the other necessary items to make side dishes and desserts.