LIST: Turkey giveaways, food distribution events ahead of Thanksgiving in Northeast Florida

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner and many organizations have stepped up to help families in Northeast Florida.

Many are in need of support this holiday season due to rising prices — and some families are recovering from recent hurricanes.

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To help make Thanksgiving a little brighter, News4JAX has compiled a list of giveaways and distribution events in our surrounding areas.

Duval County

City Rescue Mission Thanksgiving Meal on Nov. 23 at 11:30 a.m.

City Rescue Mission will hold its annual Thanksgiving Meal for those experiencing homelessness at its New Life Inn Campus at 234 W. State St. in Downtown Jacksonville. The meal is graciously sponsored by Mark Anderson, Chris Dostie, Craig Henderson, Jonathan Garrick, iMethods, Billy Kappaz, Michael Lenahen, Rob Martin, Aron Price, Floyd Simpson, Dr. Travis & Laura Smith, Rob Williams, and Movement Mortgage.

Clay County

Free community Thanksgiving feast for Clay County on Nov. 24 from 12 p.m. - 2 p.m.

First Baptist Church of Orange Park, alongside other local churches, will sponsor the Annual Feast of Plenty — a free meal for anyone who needs it. The event will be held on Thanksgiving Day from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. in the gymnasium at First Baptist Church, 1140 Kingsley Ave., Orange Park, FL 32073. Volunteers will deliver meals to the elderly, shut-ins, the disabled, those in physical rehabilitation, or those working and unable to prepare a traditional Thanksgiving meal. To schedule a delivery call Ruth at 904-214-5120, Cassandra at 904-502-0553 or Kathy at 904-525-0762 before Thanksgiving Day. Members from the four host churches will prepare smoked turkey & dressing with gravy, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, cornbread and rolls served with hot cider, coffee, sweet tea and lemonade. A variety of holiday pies will be served for dessert. The gymnasium will be transformed into a huge family dining room filled with wonderful holiday aromas and smiles, and volunteers will wait on tables to serve guests a delicious sit-down meal.

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About the Author:

Carianne Luter is a social media producer for News4Jax and has worked at Channel 4 since December 2015. She graduated from the University of North Florida with a communication degree.