Community Giving Back for Thanksgiving 

The folks at Manna Ministries in Bangor are making sure a lot of families will have Thanksgiving this year.

“I wouldn’t have the money, or the food stamps. I’m already out of my food stamps already. That’s why I said, “Thank God for Manna,” because I wouldn’t have a Thanksgiving without them,” said Laurie Sanborn of Bangor.

Fundraising efforts brought in donations.

“We went out and bought the turkeys, now we’re giving them to agencies and individuals,” said Bill Rae, Executive Director of Manna Ministries.

Manna will be giving out about 6,800 turkeys this year.

Around 350 signed up to get dinners on Monday and Tuesday.

“It’s an unbelievable blessing to see the people’s faces as they walk out of here with potatoes, all the fixings that go with it, and a big turkey to take home and have dinner with it,” said Rae.

Across town at the Bangor Mall, radio personalities Mike Dow and Mike Elliot are collecting food for Manna to help get folks fed beyond the holidays.

It’s a tradition they started a very long time ago.

“It’s the 15th year that we’ve rolled this truck into the parking lot to collect food for Manna Ministries,” said Elliott.

“Yes, last year the food that came to this food drive lasted throughout the winter into the first part of spring, and we’re hoping for a repeat of that success,” said Dow.

They’ll be collecting food until Wednesday night at 6.