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DRAPER — Thanksgiving Heroes, started off with a goal to feed 10 families in the local nonprofit's first year. Instead, they fed 755 families, thanks to generous donors.
With the cost of groceries on the rise, founder Rob Adams said the group plans to feed even more families this year.
"The cost has gone up about 20% for groceries, and we are all feeling that. I know that it's created a greater need here in our community," Adams said. "Our goal is to feed 3,000 families this year."
With a week to go, the organization still has 500 open spots To fill. The group hopes the community can nominate families in need, through their website, in the next couple of days.
"We have to get 500 more families in need that could use this food," Adams said. "It's about creating hope, and it's about making sure that families feel served and significant because they are."
Last year, Beckie Guymon was anonymously nominated to receive a box of food from Thanksgiving Heroes. She said it was a touching experience she will never forget.
"We had received a text message saying they had a Thanksgiving meal for me and my family, and it was amazing to see these volunteers come to our doorstep with a Thanksgiving meal," she said.
The Schiffman family volunteered to deliver food last year. They, too, had a life-changing experience and were grateful for the opportunity to serve.
"The most fulfilling part of it was delivering the food," Garrett Schiffman said. "My wife, kids and I drove up to the Ogden area to drop off the meals, and it was an amazing experience."
If you are interested in volunteering, donating, or nominating a family, visit the organization's website.
They hope to have all nominations by Wednesday, Nov. 16, and will deliver the meals by Saturday, Nov. 19.