Amy Jacobwitz of the Fort Wayne Housing Authority said Ceruti’s prepared and delivered the food, free of charge. Jacobwitz said it’s wonderful to be able to provide the 108 families living at Brookmill with a meal they couldn’t afford to prepare for themselves.
“Every year it just gets bigger and bigger; we are very excited about that.” Jacobwitz said.
“This has been a great collaboration,” said Joe Jordan, executive director of the Boys and Girls Club.
Jordan said he came up with the idea four years ago, and then got the Fort Wayne Housing Authority, Jane Avery at the Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana, Ceruti’s, Greater Mount Ararat Baptist Church, as well as Aunt Millie’s bakery, on board with the idea.
The long rows of tables were decorated with fall leaves, gourds and fruit, and the placemats were made last year as a project at the Boys and Girls Club. They were laminated drawings depicting what the children were thankful for having.
One had a crayon picture of a large tree on it. Scrawled in crayon block letters it read, “I’m thankful for trees.” Another read “I am thankful because I love my family.”
Judging by the happy faces on the adults and children they were all thankful for the good food and camaraderie the evening provided.