FORT MYERS, Fla. — Giving back to the city of Fort Myers was the theme as folks came out to Lions Park to help those who are struggling during the Covid 19 pandemic, feel some joy this thanksgiving.
A group of friends decided to put their heads and funds together and came up with a plan to help the community they love.
“Let other people know you can't be greedy and selfish. We don't want people to think just because we are doing better or some people are doing worse that, on a day like this everybody should be able to come together as a family, as a unit and you know and feel good about themselves,” said Giovanni Vazquez, an organizer for the Thanksgiving Food Drive.
Volunteers cooked over 600 meals to feed local families. Giovanni Vazquez, says the Coronavirus pandemic shined a light on the struggles many are facing.
“Cause there’s a lot of people that couldn’t afford food and housing, and people lost their jobs and like I said, the whole pandemic thing. I tried to bring everybody together you know give everybody high hopes,” said Giovanni Vazquez, an organizer of the Thanksgiving Food Drive.
However, that feeling of gratefulness was always the way many of the friends felt.
“We know what it is to have absolutely nothing. The fact that even though, all that's gone on this year, we’ve been blessed, so we have to give back that's a must. It's something that we have to do, it makes us feel good. It's something so little to take 3 hours out of our day to make someone's whole day why not.
Camacho and Vazquez both say their work is not done.
“I'm going to feel like I woke up today and did something very positive. I’m going to take it with a grain of salt. I'm going to feel very grateful and understand this is something that shouldn’t be done once a year, this is something that should be done more often. and it will be done more often,” said Camacho
If you're blessed try to bless other people and make your upcoming be known,” said Vazquez.