Two Onslow County organizations partner to provide Thanksgiving meals


JACKSONVILLE, Onslow County - An event that reaches deep into the Onslow County community by helping those with Thanksgiving meals was an even bigger success on Tuesday.

Feeding the 100 was put on by the Onslow County Kiwanis Club and is in its third year. The idea was to give out 100 meals but instead, they had an even larger number: 113.

Club officials said thanks to the many community supporters and sponsors. They were able to address a need within the Onslow County community by providing meals in boxes designated for a specific person or family based off peer recommendations and originations around the community aware of those in need.

"Y'all covered it in 2015. It was Kiwanis' 100th anniversary and we were asked by Kiwanis International to include the number 100 to our projects throughout the year and we did," said Whitney Cantrell, secretary of the Onslow County Kiwanis Club. "100 thanksgiving meals and we saw where there was a need to keep continuing to do it, so now here we are for our third year."

The Key club from Northside High School also participated. The group helped hand deliver the meals to the community members. The students said is was a humbling experience.

"It feels amazing to know that I'm helping bless other families because of course there are other families in Jacksonville that aren't as fortunate," said Elyshah Harris, a junior at Northside. "So yeah, being able to give back to Jacksonville was a very big thing for me. It felt like I was important to the community."

Officials said there are still a few leftover meals. You can contact Involvement Minister Jim Bender with Roosevelt Drive Church of Christ (O: 910-347-1122, C: 910-789-9120, email: for more information.