Working for a better Delaware

November 25, 2008 2:55:04 PM PST
As the saying goes, it's better to give than receive. But with a tough economy this year, the need for those to give is greater than ever. 85-year-old Anna Murray was among the hundreds of senior citizens thankful to get a free turkey Tuesday.

"I really appreciate it. It helps me out a lot," Murray said.

Warren Mowbray helped deliver the turkeys to those living in subsized housing complexes. Now, for the first time, this now out-of-work welder will need one too.

"I'm kind of a proud person. I've been working all my life, you know and now that I'm without a job, it doesn't feel all that great," Mowbray said.

But, thanks to Norman Oliver, Mowbray can feel a little bit better about Thanksgiving. For the last 25 years, Oliver has spearheaded a turkey giveaway. This one is his biggest yet, with up to 2,000 donated birds being given away.

"It says two things: That it's sad that there's such a need that big, and the other thing is that I'm glad we're able to do it," Oliver said. "We've got a lot who are all digging deeper."

Digging deep is exactly what governor-elect Jack Markell wants people to do. He's pulled the plug on his own inaugural celebrations, and instead is asking Delawareans to spend the weekend of January 24th helping others.

"We thought, frankly, instead of having people go out and buy a gown, we would rather them go out and give their time, their talent, their money to help others," Markell said. "That's what it's all about."

Anyone will to participate in what's being called a "Weekend of Service" can go to Jack Markell's special website called A Better Delaware to pick out an organization that needs your help.

The food bank of Delaware is one place that could use some help. An emergency feeding program is closed due to lack of funding. Kim Kostes says, demand there has increased 25 to 50%.

"It's middle class families that have lost their jobs and may not qualify for food stamps, but by the end of the month they really need that extra help" Kostes said.

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