Pre-Thanksgiving fall feast held in Springfield


Families in need of a warm coat received some help before winter actually starts, And they did it for free.

Dozens of families came out to the DeBerry Elementary School in Springfield Saturday, for a free winter coat and a hot meal.

Tashea Jenkins, an organizer for the event said, “Savers and Salvation Army came through. They gave us tons and tons of coats, at the last minute.”

The Black Men of Greater Springfield, along with the martial arts School of Nobel Warriors partnered with Jenkins to provide winter coats and community resources for those in need.

As the temperature continues to drop, organizers wanted to make sure everyone would have a jacket including babies. 

Saviaughn Watkins, from Springfield, told 22News, I would do this for like everybody. Homeless people, little kids, like people like me, because everybody needs one.”

Springfield Police officer, and organizer, Omahmad Sharif knows first hand how dangerous the cold can be. 

He told 22News, “There’s been calls that I’ve been to, where, unfortunately we have homeless individuals and they were found frozen, so its very trying times.”

Any left over jackets will be donated. Just as they were for this event. Making these winter coats, the gift that keeps giving. 

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