NCNW Thanksgiving basket giveaway services 250 families

ST. PETERSBURG — This is the season when communities pull together to service the needs of others. The St. Petersburg Metropolitan Section of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (NCNW), along with numerous community partners, were able to service the needs of the Midtown community on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

Held at the historic Fannye Ayer Ponder Council House, located at 1835 Ninth Ave. S, the organization served 75 percent more families than last year thanks to the 20 community businesses and organizations that gave of their service, funds and provided turkey donations.

The giveaway included not only turkeys and trimmings but also a truckload of other side items delivered by Feed America Tampa Bay and Somebody Cares Tampa Bay that included an assortment of various meat and fresh vegetables.

Families received a turkey, dinner sides, two additional types of meat and other groceries; extra blessings included gently used clothing, shoes and small appliances.  NCNW members were greeted with a myriad of thankful responses.

After the loss of beloved member, Cynthia Glenn, who handled logistics, NCNW members were blessed to have the Masonic District #26 MWUGL of Florida PHA Masons to assist in every aspect of the day from setting up to parking to breaking down the site.  The Naomi and Titus 2 Covenant Alliance also assisted with serving families.

Once again, Pastor Eddie Robinson and his wife demonstrated their mastery of the grill as they prepared a scrumptious lunch.  Each year the couple has rearranged their busy missionary schedules to be on-site to assist in any capacity.

NCNW is always thankful for all their sponsors and membership for demonstrating the value of “blessed to be blessing.”

For more information about the St. Petersburg Metropolitan Section of the National Council of Negro Women, Inc., please visit

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