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Donations sought for Thanksgiving meals to feed 50 Clayton and Henry homeless families

Clayton County Solicitor General Tasha Mosley, center, with some of her staffers and just a portion of canned goods donated to feed 50 homeless families a Thanksgiving meal. (Staff Photo: Kathy Jefcoats)

Clayton County Solicitor General Tasha Mosley, center, with some of her staffers and just a portion of canned goods donated to feed 50 homeless families a Thanksgiving meal. (Staff Photo: Kathy Jefcoats)

JONESBORO — Donations are still being sought to help provide Thanksgiving meals to 50 homeless families in Clayton and Henry counties.

Clayton County Solicitor General’s Office has partnered with several organizations to collect food to feed homeless children. Solicitor General Tasha Mosley said it is the duty of those who have much to help those who have little or none.

“It’s all about giving back to the community,” Mosley said.

Her office, with Alpha Kappa Alpha, Psi Alpha Omega and National Organization of Black Law Enforcement, plans to feed 50 families at Thanksgiving. The drive targets a small portion of Clayton and Henry students who are homeless.

Officials estimate the cost to fund dry goods for one holiday meal to be about $22. Items sought include cans of collards or turnips, yams, green beans, cranberry sauce, chicken broth and other vegetables; packages of stuffing mix, instant potatoes and dry beans; boxes of cake mix, rice and macaroni and cheese, and a can of cake frosting.

Mosley said Thursday that the drive has generated more than enough canned food to feed the targeted families. Residents or organizations that still want to donate may want to drop off the requested bagged or boxed items, including cake mixes to complement at least a case of canned frosting that has been contributed.

A husband and wife have also contacted Mosley about donating 100 turkeys to complete the meals, she said.

“It’s a good problem to have,” Mosley said of the overwhelming response.

Donations of any or all of the items can be dropped off at the Clayton County Solicitor General’s Office at the county courthouse during regular business hours.