LAWTON, OK (RNN Texoma) - 400 Lawton families got food on Tuesday afternoon to help them get through this holiday season. The Lawton Housing Authority and Feed the Children partnered together to make it happen.
People waited in line to pick up the boxes containing food, hygiene products, and small toys.
The answer to why they were waiting in line was a simple one.
"Just food to feed my kids," one recipient said.
Jervis Jackson, the director for southwest Oklahoma Continuing of Care, said it means a lot to get have this during the Christmas season.
"During the holidays, no one should be without,” Jackson said. “No one should be without food, no one should be without shelter, no kid should have to wake up and not have at least one toy under the tree and that's what it's all about."
Volunteers spent the morning stacking the boxes and made sure they gave everyone the apple juice, crackers, and canned foods that were not inside. Jackson is grateful for a community that's willing to help whenever it's needed.
"It brings the community closer together as we rally together to make sure that those who have little can have more than enough during the holidays," he said.
Jackson says DHS, Lawton Food Bank, and a few other organizations help them identify those who may need the food this Christmas season. Those receiving the food for their kids or grandkids couldn't have been more thankful.
“It means a lot to me,” another recipient said. “God bless everybody. God has been truly blessing me this year and I just want to say thank you to you all.”