By Melanie Lekocevic
Capital Region Independent Media
GREENVILLE — Twenty turkey meals with all the fixin’s were handed out to families in need during a holiday food giveaway organized by Capital Region Independent Media.
The company, which publishes the Greenville Pioneer, pulled together sponsors and local not-for-profit groups that serve those in need for the “Feed Your Mind, Feed a Family” program to make the Thanksgiving holiday a bit brighter.
The program is the brainchild of Warren Dews Jr., publisher of Capital Region Independent Media.
“Every time somebody bought a subscription for the newspaper, we bought food for a family in need,” Dews Jr.
explained during the food giveaway at Tops Supermarket, 11573 State Route 32. “We partnered with these organiza-
tions that are here today — we couldn’t have done it without our sponsors.”
The program is one Dews Jr. has brought to other communities, and this was the first year it was done in Greenville.
“The concept of ‘Feed Your Mind’ that Warren (Dews Jr.) brought to these communities really personifies what community media is all about,” said Mark Vinciguerra, president and owner of Capital Region Independent Media. “We are ingrained in the history, the fabric of the areas we serve. We tell their stories and attempt to fix their shortcomings and make the communities better places to live in part because of community media. ‘Feed Your Mind’s’ success is one shining example of our mission come to life.”
For some families, a helping hand during the holidays is most welcome, said Mike Caprio from Coldwell Banker Prime Properties, one of the event’s sponsors, during the giveaway Nov. 18.
“These are tough times and there are a lot of families that just don’t have enough money to spread around to make the
holidays something special, so a little bit of help with a turkey and the fixin’s and the foods that are donated here are a big thing
for some people,” Caprio said.
Deb Danner, also from Coldwell Banker Prime Properties, said helping is especially gratifying during the holiday season.
“I just wanted to help,” Danner said. “People in the community support our business, so we wanted to help support people who are less fortunate than others. It’s a good thing to do for the holidays and to help the community.”
John and Kathryn McAneny, from the Missions Committee at Asbury United Methodist Church, transported meals back
to the church to distribute to those in need in the community.
“We are taking 10 meals for the church and we will be distributing them to people who need help,” Kathryn McAneny
said. “Families are excited about this — we do it every year and this is a wonderful help to what we do and a great help for
Eclips Hair Studio on Route 32 was another sponsor of the event and several representatives from the salon were on
hand to help distribute turkey meals.
“We just wanted to help out in the community,” Kiersten Bates from Eclips Hair Studio said.