Gober-Merrell food drive paves way for happy Thanksgiving
Enough donated to feed about 300 families
Patti Sells | News-Telegram Feature Editor

Nov. 20, 2006 - Joe Mack Gober and friends were spreading a little "goodwill towards men" Monday morning as they passed out Thanksgiving dinner food supplies to community members in need of some extra help this holiday season.

"It's amazing the need that's just right here in Sulphur Springs," said Gober, in his fifth year of organizing the community food drive with the help of Jo Marie Neal of the Salvation Army, and Gober-Merrell dealer assistant Shelly Ogle.

For the past two weeks, food donations have been taken in at Gober-Merrell Auto Group and The Bait Shop, headquarters for Hopkins County Salvation Army.

"Individuals and friends that I call on each year make this possible," Gober said. "We have enough to feed about 300 families."

In 2002, 2004 and 2005, Gober Merrell's food drive assisted 250 families, and helped between 280 and 300 families in 2003.

According to Neal, those in need of assistance began lining up at 6 a.m. to receive bags of groceries that included either a hen or a turkey, a bag of sweet potatoes and other ingredients to prepare a complete traditional Thanksgiving meal. 

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