MILWAUKEE — It was an opportunity to safely come together on Thanksgiving Day. On Thursday, Milwaukee County Supervisor Sequanna Taylor organized a food giveaway on 35th and Center.
The empty field, for a moment, was filled with generosity and love. No matter where you come from, there was room for you.
“As we go through a lot of things in the community, we realize that the needs are even greater,” said resident Camille Mays.
Taylor organized the event, making sure people had everything they needed, from food to essential items. She said her goal was simple; providing people had a safe place outdoors to enjoy the holiday and a warm meal.
“We love the turkey giveaways and the food, but you think about the individuals who don’t have a stove to cook it or don’t have a house,” Taylor said.
It was a labor of love for chef Shelita Furlow, who stayed up for more than 24 hours preparing the food and serving to nearly 300 people Thursday.
“I’m exhausted, but it’s great. I love with I do,” Furlow said.
It’s something she’s used to. Thursday marked her third year on the job for the event. She said during a pandemic, it’s especially important people in positions to help are doing what they can.
“Service means a lot to me and being able to meet a need because we know a lot of people go without,” she said.
Taylor said despite the Pandemic, they’re going to everything they can to reach as many people in need as possible.
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