Annual Thanksgiving Giveaway in St. Augustine
The SEA Community Center and We Feed, Inc. partnered for the Annual Thanksgiving Food Giveaway. The event was organized to help families in need as the holiday season revs up. They give away free turkeys, free chef prepared meals, produce and hygiene products. With live music to make it a festive affair, families and friends came out to receive and support. Tyrone Bennett owns the Heart and Soul Food Truck and has made it his mission to give back to the St. Augustine community any way he can.
When will we see Thanksgiving’s impact on Florida’s COVID-19 cases?
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Over the last two days, Florida saw an increase of 17,344 COVID-19 cases and the state could reach one million cases by Monday. The pandemic didn’t keep people from traveling for the holiday and some weren’t interested in getting tested beforehand to check if visiting family was wise. Dr. Reza said this holiday will expose thousands more cases in the coming weeks. During that time, he says you should quarantine, even if you know a family member tested positive after the holiday. We asked News4Jax viewers if they planned on getting tested after traveling for the holiday.
First responders feeding first responders: Doctors feed officers on Thanksgiving
“We’re going to all the different zones in Duval County then from there we’re going to clay county and then ending up in Saint Johns County,” Dr. Saman Soleymani, Avecina Medical, said. Dr. Soleymani said his team is feeding nearly 600 officers in Duval, Clay and St. Johns Counties from 911 dispatch officers, to prison officers and those patrolling the streets. Dr. Soleymani and his team stopped at substation throughout the counties to drop off the hot meals. Soleimani and Dr. Modell at Avecina Medical are amazing,” Zona said. “They risk their lives to protect us and this is a way for us to thank them,” said Dr. Soleymani.
6 ways to make virtual Thanksgiving entertaining for everyone
With many medical experts urging Americans to make this year’s Thanksgiving scaled down, many of us will probably only see people in our “bubble,” so holiday is going to feel a little bit different. Thanks to technology, you can still gather with your extended family.
City Rescue Mission’s Thanksgiving meal carries on despite pandemic
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – It is a tradition that even the coronavirus pandemic couldn’t stop: the City Rescue Mission’s annual Thanksgiving meal for the homeless. The annual event, held Wednesday, had all the traditions of your typical Thanksgiving celebration: music, gift bags and, of course, a holiday meal packed to go. “There were times I needed shoes, jackets and food, and I knew they were here,” Chandra Niciu told News4Jax as she picked up her Thanksgiving meal. “The great thing is they’re making sure people are being taken care of and being fed,” Curry said. A new addition this year is a COVID-19 testing site at City Rescue Mission.
Clara White Mission feeds hundreds at outdoor pre-Thanksgiving luncheon
Ninety-three volunteers helped prepare and serve the meals for the line of people that stretched from Clara White Mission Center, south a block to Church and Broad. At least 50 people were waiting in line for a Thanksgiving meal when our News4Jax cameras were there. “We’re still doing a lot of the same services we have always provided, that hasn’t changed,” said Michelle Paul, Board president for Clara White Mission. Drop-off for food donations/contributions will be accepted from Wednesday, Nov. 25 until Tuesday, Dec. 22 at the Clara White Mission in historic LaVilla on the corner of Broad & Ashley streets. For more information on how to donate or volunteer, call the Clara White Mission at 904-354-4162 or visit our web site at www.clarawhitemission.org.
Pet Safety Guide: 5 tips to keep pets safe this Thanksgiving
ORANGE PARK, Fla. – Clay Humane, a nonprofit veterinary clinic in Orange Park, urges pet owners to keep animals safe this Thanksgiving. Don’t give pets a lot of new foods at once: Foods that are new or different for your pet can cause stomach distress. Do not give pets poisonous foods: Some foods, including chocolate, onions, raisins, grapes and alcohol, are hazardous for animals. Know when and how to seek veterinary help: Should your pet get sick over Thanksgiving, ensure that you know the names and addresses of nearby emergency veterinarians. Compose a list of emergency veterinarians that will be open on Thanksgiving and keep it handy in emergency situations.
Ibotta customers can get a free Thanksgiving meal by shopping at Walmart
Shop in-store or order for pickup or delivery and save money on Thanksgiving dinner. The Free Thanksgiving Dinner program hopes to make a difficult holiday season more rewarding for families everywhere by giving them a delicious meal without the financial burden. The Walmart-exclusive items included in the Free Thanksgiving Dinner program are: (approx. Add offers -- Follow the instructions to add all nine free Thanksgiving Dinner offers to Your list at Walmart. Shop & earn -- Shop at Walmart in-store with the Ibotta app.
People reluctant to follow CDC suggestions to celebrate Thanksgiving safely?
People reluctant to follow CDC suggestions to celebrate Thanksgiving safely? Published: November 15, 2020, 6:21 pmThe majority of Americans do plan to take extra precautions at holiday gatherings such as social distancing and asking those with symptoms to not attend, according to a new survey from Ohio State University.
Thanksgiving Travel Tips: The dos and don’ts for holiday travel
AAA released its annual Thanksgiving travel report and said 2.4 million people will be hitting the skies for this holiday. UF Health Jacksonville’s Director of Infectious disease, Chad Neilsen, told News4Jax it is important to be prepared to travel with other people during a pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released new guidance that says a double layer mask could help not only stop the spread of COVID-19, but protect the person wearing it. Neilsen said a double layer mask is exactly how it sounds it’s two pieces of fabric. “Start limiting certain events that could be risky so particularly college students, stop going to bars, stop going to restaurants so that way you’re limiting your risk of bringing it home,” Neilsen said.
LIST: Stores that will be closed on Thanksgiving
(Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – There is a growing list of major retailers closing stores on Thanksgiving Day in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Many popular stores, such as Walmart and Target, announced their stores will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. RELATED: Santa Claus won’t be coming to Macy’s this yearHere’s a full list of stores confirmed so far that will be closed on Thanksgiving:ALDIAcademy Sports and OutdoorsAT&TBarnes & NobleBath & Body WorksBed Bath & BeyondBest BuyBealls -- Bealls OutletBJ’sBoscov’sBurlingtonCostcoDick’s Sporting GoodsFoot LockerGameStopThe Home DepotH&M StoresHobby LobbyJCPenneyKohl’sLamps PlusLowe’sOld NavyMacy’sMarshall’sNordstrom (Rack)Office Depot/OfficeMaxPetcoPetsmartPier 1REISearsSimon Property GroupStaplesStein MartTargetT.J MaxxTractor Supply StoresUltaUnder ArmourThe Outlet Resource GroupWalmartWilliams-SonomaClick here for more information. Let us know!
Keeping elderly relatives safe for the holidays
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, many families are trying to figure out how to celebrate safely in the midst of the pandemic and keep older relatives physically, but not socially, distant. Kenneth Koncilja, a geriatrics specialist at Cleveland Clinic, said it’s a tough call as to whether elderly loved ones should stay home this year. For months, COVID-19 has forced many of us to keep our distance from the elderly, as older people are at higher risk and have higher mortality rates from COVID-19. That leaves many families wondering how to keep elderly relatives safe, without depriving them of time to socialize. If your relatives don’t feel comfortable coming over, there are still ways to connect with them.
Don’t be a turkey! Plan a safe Thanksgiving
As with most events, we should expect Thanksgiving to look different this year due to COVID-19. Khabbaza reminds us the safest gatherings this Thanksgiving are either virtual or with the people living in your home. New CDC guidelinesThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recently released updated guidance on holiday gathering ahead of Thanksgiving. The CDC agreed that the lowest risk is simply celebrating Thanksgiving in your own home with members of your household and/or virtually with extended family. But for those attending a gathering, the CDC offered some ways to celebrate more safely:Bring your own food, drinks, plates, cups, and utensils.
Kohls joins retailers closing for Thanksgiving Day
Kohls on Wednesday became the latest retailer to announce its stores would be closed on Thanksgiving Day due to the coronavirus pandemic. The company posted the announcement on its website, along with a statement from CEO Michelle Gass, who attributed the decision to shifting customer habits. The holiday season is when Kohls shines brightest, and as we move into the holiday season of this very unusual year, we are adapting our plans in response to changing customer expectations and behaviors, Gass said. We are deeply appreciative of how our team of Kohls associates have shown up to serve our customers through this pandemic and know that they will continue to show Kohls at our best throughout the holidays.Kohls joins Best Buy, Target and Walmart, among other retailers, which previously said their stores would not open on the holiday that has become a major shopping day over the years.
Target closing its stores nationwide for Thanksgiving
Add Target to the list of major retailers closing their doors on Thanksgiving this year. In a news release Monday, the retail chain announced its stores would not be open during the November holiday, which is routinely a popular shopping day for American families:Lets face it: Historically, deal hunting and holiday shopping can mean crowded events, and this isnt a year for crowds. Thats why our biggest holiday deals will be available earlier than ever, so you can shop safely and conveniently without worrying about missing out on deals that usually come later in the season.In lieu of Thanksgiving deals, the retailer is promoting in-store and online shopping in October and during the days leading up to and after Nov. 26 as opportunities for people to score big savings. Target joins Walmart and Sams Club, which announced last week that their locations would be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday. The closures are an effort to limit crowds with the potential to spread coronavirus.
Dozens wait overnight for Thanksgiving meal from Mandarin Food Bank
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Dozens of people spent a cold night, waiting in line for a warm meal this holiday from the Mandarin Food Bank. Some camped out overnight to receive meals they said they would have otherwise not been able to provide for their families. We give them produce so it’s enough for a Thanksgiving meal and leftovers and extra things,” Kaminski said. In order to receive meals, you must be a client of the Mandarin Food Bank. You can drop off donations by stopping by the food bank Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.