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Family Receives Thanksgiving Donation

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Four days before Thanksgiving, a single mother of four learned that the donated food basket she was counting on, would not be coming.

"When I called to see if I could pick the basket up they told me that they were all out," Candy Griffin, Mother.

Candy's children were returning home from school with stories about Pilgrims and the Thanksgiving tradition all week long, unaware that their holiday might not include a turkey.

"I had already used my grocery money for the month," said Candy.

So the night before Thanksgiving, this mother decided to take a chance.

Griffin said, "I had to do something, figured the worse they could do is say no."

Candy biked to Herrema's Supermarket and walked up to the customer service counter on one of the store's busiest evenings.

"She said she had no way of getting anything for the Thanksgiving dinner and would appreciate any help we could give her," said Stephanie Trovato, Customer Service Attendant.

A customer service request unlike anything Stephanie had heard in her six years an an employee.

"Stephi called me up to the front and said she had a young lady there that needed some help," said Kenneth Wingate, Manager.

Candy even offered to work at the store to pay off her bill.

"A little taken back because I felt pain," said Wingate. "Thanksgiving, no food to feed the kids, I just felt in the Herrema's tradition that we had to help them out."

"We went around and we collected a lot of things people would have for Thanksgiving and we bagged them up for her," Trovato said.

"Everything from a turkey to cranberry jelly stuff," Candy said. "Milk for my babies, really went all out for me and my children."

A weight lifted, Candy headed home.

"She was riding a bicycle and she said she could make it back by walking the bike back with the groceries on the handlebars," Wingate said.

The kids didn't know the story behind this turkey.

"I didn't even know that she came home with a turkey until now, until I seen it in the oven," said Candy's son, Dillon Griffin.

But they knew what it represented.

"I'm part Indian so I respect that I can have Thanksgiving and I am grateful to have it," Dillon said.

"It's so hard to get by these days," said Candy. "You just do what you gotta do with everything. I would have felt like I couldn't provide how I was supposed to provide for my children."

"It gives me a full feeling to know that I helped someone's day like that," said Wingate. "I'm sure the owner and the past owner would have done the same thing, they help their neighbors."

After hours of preparation and anticipation, the Griffins' were able to share a Thanksgiving meal as a family.

"Thank you for the food that we have right now," said Dillon. "Thank you so much."

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