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'Mission Thanksgiving': Another successful year

By Michelle Frizalone, mfrizalone@ktxs.com
Published On: Nov 16 2012 07:30:40 PM CST
Updated On: Nov 16 2012 08:58:20 PM CST
ABILENE, Texas -

More than 350 volunteers helped make Mission Thanksgiving another super success.  The annual event benefits Love and Care Ministries.

The drive filled up 13 1/2 trailers with donated food, clothes, and toys.  $153,000 was collected in cash donations.

Volunteer Jim Alexander has been a part of Mission Thanksgiving for nine years.
He smiled from ear-to-ear as he greeted cars full of donations.  

"This is probably the most volunteers I've seen in the first half of the day," Alexander said.

A sea of volunteers in green t-shirts helped to load food, clothing and other items into trucks.

"There's just a sense of love in the air here," another volunteer, Jackie Maxwell said. "I love it."

And this year, something a little different. More volunteers from a younger generation came out to help.

Abilene Christian University donated an entire truck worth of goods donated by students and staff.

Thanks to social media, they were able to get more people to donate.  

"Hey, come to the truck, you know on Twitter and Facebook so that really helped us get a lot more donations," ACU student and coordinator Rebecca Dial said.

Don't forget- they still need more volunteers on Saturday to unload all the trucks at Love and Care.