Thanksgiving meals donated for Harvey evacuee families now in Austin

Families assemble meals for Gobble Gobble Give to distribute in Austin. (KXAN Photo/ Alyssa Goard).
Families assemble meals for Gobble Gobble Give to distribute in Austin. (KXAN Photo/ Alyssa Goard).

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Austin Disaster Relief Network partnered with Gobble Gobble Give and Austin Ridge Bible Church to bring Thanksgiving meals to 55 families evacuated to Austin after Hurricane Harvey.
Gobble Gobble Give delivered meals to over 100 people (21 families) now living in Austin as a result of Harvey. Some of the families picked up their meals earlier in the week. In addition to meals, these families were given HEB gift cards to make sure they were well fed on this holiday.

Gobble Gobble Give has been delivering Thanksgiving meals to anyone in need in cities across the U.S. for the last 20 years. Alissa Leenher with the Austin branch said that they are one of many organizations giving out meals on Thanksgiving. But the way they operate, just offering food to anyone in need, allowed them to absorb the needs of newer additions to the Austin community: Harvey evacuees.

Leenher has a personal connection to this non-profit, it was started by her brother-in-law Barry Walker. Walker was recovering from drug addiction decades ago when he decided to give the last $7 he had to a family in need. Over the years, he turned that act of kindness into Gobble Gobble Give.

In response to Harvey, the Austin Disaster Relief network has distributed 175 semi-trucks worth of goods and sent out 8,000 welcome kits. Their supplies have gone to 28 cities impacted by Harvey.

To help with survivors’ long term needs, they are still looking for donations and volunteers. For more information on how to help out, look here.

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