(Miami-Dade County, FL) --
Commissioner Jordan donates a turkey to a young family with a two-week old infant.
Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan went door-to-door on Tuesday morning, distributing turkey baskets to needy families in District 1. The veteran Commissioner dropped off turkeys to those who have experienced a financial hardship, are unemployed, the elderly, or those who are immobile. The annual event enabled Commissioner Jordan to give away more than 700 turkeys at the Landmark Auditorium in Miami Gardens.
"Commissioner Jordan really cares for her people, especially the senior citizens who are ill and can't come out," said 69-year-old Patsy Cooper of Miami Gardens. "I am handicapped, so this turkey donation means a lot to me and my family."
The turkey distribution effort was made possible by concerned corporate citizens including The Ted Lucas Foundation, World Waste Services, Falcon Air Trust, Landmark Aviation, Contractors Resource Center, and Farm Share.
"Having this turkey means a lot to me and my family," said Annie West, 70, of Opa-locka. "If I didn't have this turkey, I would have to do without. I appreciate being able to have Thanksgiving at my own house with my own family."
According to Commissioner Jordan, she distributed 600 turkeys in 2010. This year, the requests from residents surpassed the 700 mark.
"The face of poverty has changed," said Commissioner Jordan. "There was a time when you could identify someone in need just by their looks. But with the crumbling economy and the lack of jobs, the person standing next to you in a suit could be in desperate need of feeding their family, or in need of funds to pay their electric bill. While we can't assist them monetarily, we're hoping that these turkeys will help them have an enjoyable Thanksgiving."
Gwendolyn Middlebrooks of Miami Gardens is moved to tears as Commissioner Barbara Jordan and Ted Lucas of the Ted Lucas Foundation present her with a turkey and a basket of goods for Thanksgiving.
Commissioner Barbara Jordan gives a needy resident in District 1 a turkey for Thanksgiving.
(Photos by Ryan Holloway/Miami-Dade County)