Emporia Facebook groups help feed community

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – The Facebook group, “Spread Kindness and Love” in the Emporia area gave out 16 turkeys and 150 pounds of potatoes to the community. They wanted to give those who couldn’t meet today because of COVID-19, or who couldn’t afford dinner, a Thanksgiving Day meal. Besides the […]

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – The Facebook group, “Spread Kindness and Love” in the Emporia area gave out 16 turkeys and 150 pounds of potatoes to the community.

They wanted to give those who couldn’t meet today because of COVID-19, or who couldn’t afford dinner, a Thanksgiving Day meal.

Besides the turkey and potatoes, the meals included other traditional foods like green beans, stuffing, gravy and pies.

The Facebook group spent the summer helping families in the Emporia area who needed meals or money as well as just something to brighten their day. Today on Thanksgiving Day, was the first time many of them actually met in person. They all wanted to sprinkle kindness and love to those wanting a thanksgiving meal.

The group said it started from a post online and as word of mouth spread, Emporia businesses and residents chipped in donations of food or money to make the feast a reality. They originally hoped to serve 20-30 meals and they ended up giving almost 300.

“We do it from our hearts because we just want to make sure that everyone knows that we know you’re struggling and just want to make sure everyone can eat on Thanksgiving Day,” said one of the “Sprinkle Ladies,” Tiffany Guerrero.

“I think it’s just important to show people that there is still kindness in this world even though what’s going on with COVID. There are still people that care and the people that’s struggling, it’s okay to reach out for help when you need help,” said Genai Swartz, another “Sprinkle Lady.”

They said this could become an annual tradition if there is a need from the community.

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