ECCO helps put Thanksgiving dinner on the table for needy families

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Thanksgiving may be a couple of weeks away, but the giving has already started here in the Lowcountry.East Cooper Community Outreach, is helping to make sure hundreds of the less fortunate will have a warm Thanksgiving meal this year.One of the recipients, 85-year-old Helen Brown, has lived east of the Cooper her entire life.Ms. Brown says she finds her self in tough times and came to ECCO for a helping hand this Thanksgiving."I appreciate it very much," said Ms. Brown after receiving a gift card for a 10 pound turkey. "I don't have the money to buy it, so I'm thankful."Ms. brown is not alone. ECCO officials say 17 percent of the East Cooper population is living in poverty{}"There are a lot of pockets of poverty in Mount Pleasant," said Alana Morrall with ECCO. "Some people are in generational poverty and that is all they know and others are in situational poverty because of the economy or job loss." It's a time of year where an extra canned good and a new shirt can make all the difference."It's a difficult time of year for some people, not for most people but for people who are living in poverty," said Morrall. "We are really able to give them that hope and for a night forget about their situation."ECCO's goal is to give around 500 people a voucher for a big turkey and all the fixins this year, which for Ms. Brown is something she's more than thankful for.But they can't do it alone. ECCO is still taking donations for canned goods and fixins to go with their Thanksgiving meals.You can also make a monetary donation. Officials say only $75 feeds a family of four for Thanksgiving.

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