SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Martin Luther King Junior Family Center in Springfield was filled with turkeys Sunday, birds that would make the Thanksgiving holiday possible for those in need.
The gymnasium of the Martin Luther King Jr. Family Center was filled with turkeys, volunteers, and a generous spirit. 125 turkeys were picked up by families in need in the Greater Springfield area.
Ronn Johnson, President of Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services, told 22News, “We decided that it was important to give people the dignity of having a meal in their home. So that is why a whole 15-pound turkey is being delivered, with all the trimmings, to make a great Thanksgiving dinner.”
The Martin Luther King Junior Family Center, with help from the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and other area organizations have been doing this for more than 20 years. Back then, they delivered only 20 turkeys.
Jeffrey Johnson of Springfield recalled for 22News the joy his first turkey delivery brought to a family. “When I knocked on that door and she opened it, the first thing I saw was her little girl inside, and the kitchen table where I took the box to put it down. Just the joy in her face, the appreciation for someone who not only too the time to come by, but to deliver that.”
Delivering not just a meal, but a smile and a feeling of generosity.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Family Center volunteers also got some help from the American International College football team.