Mozel Sanders Foundation Raises Mom of 8 with 1 Millionth Thanksgiving Meal – WISH-TV | Indianapolis News | Indiana weather
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – WISH-TV once again partnered with the Mozel Sanders Foundation on Thanksgiving Day to feed those in need.
This year, the foundation has taken an important step, which they hope will not replicate.
Fifty years ago, on Thanksgiving Day, Mozel Sanders saw a need in his neighborhood – neighbors without food – so he began to serve his neighbors. On Thursday, the foundation bearing his name served its 1 millionth meal.
Nicole Gonzalez is the mother of eight children. They all joined her on the porch of their duplex near the north to accept the millionth meal.
To say she was grateful would be an understatement. “Well I teach my kids to be grateful for everything so they knew when I was buying stuff versus when they were helped I was teaching them to be thankful for just as much or as little that people can help. “said Gonzalez.
Like many families during the coronavirus pandemic, restrictions related to COVID-19 have placed an extraordinary burden on the family and a strain on their budget. âIt’s always rough, you know; all the kids, everybody has dates, school, but, you know, God is always there, so we always get by. Gonzalez said.
The Gonzalez family live a short walk from the Presbyterian Tabernacle Church, where meals are prepared. The neighborhood surrounding the church has struggled with crime and violence.
On a dull, rainy Thanksgiving morning, Gonzalez said she sees the good in her neighbors. âAs a person, like here, the area I live in is not the best so I see a lot of bad things happening in relation to different areas, but you guys, the people who help to help everyone world, let people know we are all human. It’s a big difference from watching other people who don’t care about other people’s lives, âGonzalez said.
On Thursday morning, an army of volunteers gathered in three different Indianapolis kitchens to prepare meals. The lion’s share of these meals were prepared, packaged, and delivered from the kitchen of the Tabernacle Presbyterian Church. The governor of Indiana and the mayor of Indianapolis joined the effort for a while on Thursday.
Almost 10,000 meals have been prepared by the army of volunteers. They probably won’t hear or see the appreciation from most of the people who receive the meals.
Dr Virginia Caine, who rose to prominence as the director of the Marion County Public Health Department during the pandemic, is a longtime Thanksgiving Day volunteer for the Meal Effort. For her, service to her neighbors and to the city is all that matters.
âWe have haves and have-nots. As this divide grows as it’s supposed to close the gap, we’re also seeing an increase in the number of diverse populations that we didn’t see 10 years ago, âCaine said.
The need in Indianapolis is still great, and the Mozel Sanders Foundation hopes it will take more than 50 years to feed another million people.