World Kindness Day brings together Charlotte groups for good deeds

Several community organizations used World Kindness Day to distribute 500 food kits to help make sure families in need have an enjoyable Thanksgiving meal.

The Charlotte Fire Department, Fraternal Order of Progressive Firefighters of Charlotte, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Thomas Davis Foundation, Northside Baptist Church and WSOC-TV, joined together to distribute the food kits with the hope that as many families as possible can come together to celebrate a day of thanksgiving.

“We respond to the needs in the community. We know times are hard and families are going to struggle this year, so we wanted to come here and just do a little bit more to make sure these families have what they need this Thanksgiving,” said Jackie Gilmore, captain with the Charlotte Fire Department.

Cars lined up at Northside Baptist Church on Saturday morning for the giveaway.

Along with dozens of volunteers, former Carolina Panther linebacker Thomas Davis and the Thomas Davis Foundation came out to load up the cars.

World Kindness Day is an international holiday to promote kindness throughout the world and is observed annually on November 13 as part of the World Kindness Movement.

The day is devoted to the positive potential of both large and small acts of kindness.

People could choose between a frozen turkey, ham, chicken or duck, and everyone received a grocery bag of nonperishable food.

The Charlotte Hornets donated basketballs and tshirts.

“Everybody’s struggling with the ramifications of Covid. Everybody’s struggling with the economy and there are some hard choices to be made this year whether you’re going to pay your bills or whether you’re going to eat,” Gilmore said. “We’re just trying to make sure that we get out here and help.”

This is the second year the fire department has done the outreach.

It is all with the hope to help struggling families who may not have the financial resources to afford a Thanksgiving meal.

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