As we plan our Thanksgiving meal and family gathering, it’s an opportune time to remember those less fortunate in our community, families and individuals that might not have a Thanksgiving meal without the aid and support of the generous people in Longview and our surrounding communities.
The annual Longview Thanksgiving Food Drive began 29 years ago with Mary Helen Bair at the helm. This year, Charlotte Davis, inspired in her volunteer service by Mrs. Bair, will serve as the Food Drive chairman. Donations of canned goods, bread, staples, frozen meats, and monetary donations will be accepted on Monday, November 25, between the hours of 3:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. at Maude Cobb Convention & Activity Center in downtown Longview. Volunteers will be on hand outside of Maude Cobb to accept donations from those who drive by. The collected food will then be sorted and boxed by a small army of volunteers and distributed to qualifying families the following day. Each box will contain the essentials for creating a traditional Thanksgiving dinner and Mrs. Davis expects this year’s Food Drive will feed approximately 1,000 families.
“Volunteering gives back to the community, shows appreciation to our neighbors, and touches lives,” Mrs. Davis said.
In addition to her commitment to the Longview Thanksgiving Food Drive, Mrs. Davis serves on the board of directors for the Miracle League of East Texas and as chairman for Alleyfest Kids Fest. As a member of the Centurion Club, she serves as chairman of its Giants of Law Enforcement Banquet; and she is also an Ambassador for the Longview Chamber of Commerce.
Born in Jacksonville, Texas, Mrs. Davis has lived in Longview for 20 years. She graduated from George Washington High School in San Francisco, California, and attended East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Texas. Mrs. Davis is an account executive with CBS 19-London Broadcasting. She and her husband, Barry, have been married for 23 years and together have six children, ten grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.
“Working and raising a family in East Texas has given me many enjoyable opportunities to volunteer,” Mrs. Davis said. “I have made friends through volunteering that have helped us build a better community.”