Cold day, WARM turkeys

By Brandon Evans | Published Saturday, November 30, 2013
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Wise Area Relief Mission gave 600 families something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday.

COLD TURKEY – Maria Caldera of Decatur bundles up her 2-year-old son William Tuesday morning. They were one of 600 families who braved the cold to receive a turkey and pie from WARM. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

The Decatur-based food pantry distributed approximately 600 turkeys and pumpkin pies on a cold Tuesday morning to Wise County families in financial need.

A long line stretched along the Trinity Street sidewalk toward the Square from the WARM offices. Christine Bonner, of Decatur, was first in line and received the first turkey and pie.

“It feels great to get a turkey and for pie Thanksgiving this year,” Bonner said. “Me and my husband needed some help this year.”

A great big smile crossed her face as Joshua Crompton, a corporal with the Boyd Police Department, handed her a large, frozen turkey and a pumpkin pie out of the back of a truck.

Crompton was one of about 45 volunteers who helped make the annual event possible. It was the eighth year WARM has been able to supply families in need with Thanksgiving meals.

Before the day kicked off, Executive Director Ren Ashmore rallied the small army of volunteers.

“It’s going to be a rough day, but I couldn’t do it without you,” she said.

Five hours later volunteers had handed out 600 turkeys and pies and another 175 boxes of food. WARM has served more than 1,068 families in Wise County this month alone.

WARM purchased the turkeys by special order from Wal-Mart.

“Thanks to generous donations, we’ve been able to do this every Thanksgiving for eight years now,” Ashmore said.

Decatur’s Salvation Army office donated the pies. Unlike some food banks in the Metroplex, WARM was able to supply every family in need with a turkey this year

“It really went as smooth as it could,” Ashmore said. “We had some wonderful volunteers who stepped up when we needed them.”

Those who need assistance or wish to volunteer or donate can call the office at 940-626-4676 or visit

Pie Chart

PIE CHART – The graph quantifies how much food WARM distributed to families Tuesday for Thanksgiving Day and other stats. Messenger graphic by Andrew May

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