In the month of November, Fort Worth and Tarrant County saw their share of ups and downs. From the vandalizing of Como Elementary School to the anticipated increase in the number of low-income families who would be seeking turkeys for Thanksgiving, getting through the month proved difficult for residents. But Fort Worth is known to be a strong community and the onset of Thanksgiving is a time to recognize the bond the area’s residents all share.
Crime in Fort Worth has always been an issue, one that we’ve fought hard to combat with positive results. But when Como Elementary School was robbed and vandalized earlier in the month, this snatched some of the breath out of the Fort Worth residents, many of whom, young and old, have at some point attended the school.
Following that news came word that close to 3,000 people would be in need of turkeys from the Fort Worth Food Bank, which is about triple the amount from last year. Regena Taylor, the executive director of the Community Food Bank that serves about 450 families a week on average, said that what worries her is the number of working poor who had signed up. Families who have been cut from food stamps…a pregnant mother whose husband is working without benefits: these are the circumstances she is witnessing.
Fort Worth Residents Remain Thankful
Despite all the outrage of the vandalism and the increase in Fort Worth families who needed turkeys from the Food Bank, many of the people standing in line at the Community Food Bank remained positive.
“Let me tell you what’s happening here, this is such a blessing,” one woman proclaimed while waiting in line. Another woman said her husband will smoke the turkey and give some away to “share the blessing.” All of this cheerfulness…in spite of Taylor’s husband being stuck on the phone trying to get more turkeys donated to accommodate the thousands still in line waiting for food.
Prior to this day, TCU students joined with the Fort Worth Community Food Bank in a walk to raise $50,000 and bring awareness to the issue of hunger. Many children in the Fort Worth community go to bed hungry, a problem the Food Bank has been working towards alleviating. The further help from TCU students was very heartening.
In the end, the spirit of Thanksgiving is about just that; giving thanks. And the strength of the Fort Worth residents has been shining through the entire month. In fact, 15-year-old Chad Brevelle, one of the community members waiting in line, summed it up best:
“Be grateful for what you have, and don’t gripe about what you don’t.”
PCS Bail Bonds has been entrenched in the Fort Worth community for decades. We wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving.