Longview — Out of work and with a family of five to provide for, Thanksgiving was made a little easier for Chad Ballenger on Tuesday.
Ballenger was among hundreds of East Texans who received a little help from the community during the pickup day of the annual Thanksgiving Food Drive.
“It’s been a tough year,” Ballenger said. “It’s good that there are people in Longview who want to help those of us who are having problems.”
The Thanksgiving Food Drive gave out 1,280 food boxes. On Monday, volunteers had prepared 1,400 boxes. The few boxes left over went to local nonprofit agencies, such as Longview Community Ministries and the Salvation Army.
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