STEVENSVILLE – Communities all over Montana are helping each other have happy and safe holidays.
The Knights of Columbus collects names of families every year in Ravalli County who might need help getting food on the table for Thanksgiving.
The group then puts together Thanksgiving dinner boxes with all the fixings for a delicious holiday meal — including a turkey, stuffing, green beans and everything else needed for a classic family dinner.
This year they collected the most names ever and got meals to over 100 families across Victor, Corvallis, Stevensville and Florence.
They collect food through donations and fundraisers throughout the year, and partner up with the Stevensville Super 1 Foods to get as many holiday turkeys as possible.
Volunteers from Knights of Columbus — along with students and teachers from Stevensville High School assembled and distributed this year’s boxes.
Event organizer Todd Wohlmin said this is his way of giving back.
“When I was young, I had an organization come to my home and give me food, just like this — for Thanksgiving and then again for Christmas,” he recalled.
“It kinda sticks around with you so it kind of hits your heart, its right where you belong — it’s where it comes from. So its stuck with me all these years it’s something I feel like I need to return back to people around me,” Wohlmin said.
The Knights of Columbus start collecting food in September so they can get it to families the weekend before Thanksgiving. There were around 50 volunteers this year helping assemble the boxes.
-Katie Miller reporting for MTN News